By Loghun Kumaran
GRIK: Two wild elephants were captured in a six-hour operation in the jungle, here. The elephants, a male and a female, were captured by a 25-man team from the Perak Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) with the help of two tame elephants named Kala and Rambai.
The domesticated pachyderms from the National Elephant Conservation Centre in Kuala Gandah, Pahang, coaxed their wild cousins onto lorries which transported them to the Perhilitan district office in Grik town. They were released near the boundary of the Royal Belum rainforest.
Perhilitan Perak elephant capture unit chief Mohd Rizal Paimin said Felda Tawai 1 plantation workers had sighted the two elephants on Jan 20. He said the team had taken three days to locate and capture the animals.
"We trapped the female first. The male was caught the next day."
The elephants, believed to be between 12 and 15 years old, had not caused any damage to crops in the plantation.
Rizal said the two-tonne elephants had strayed into the plantation from the neighbouring Air Chepam forest reserve, adding that this was the first time that elephants were captured in the area.
"Perhilitan Perak decided to capture and release them back into the jungle to avoid danger to humans and destruction of crops in the future," he added.