Chinna Thambi is a previously wild bull elephant from India, who was tamed and trained because of Human-Elephant Conflict. He was captured by forest officials in Coimbatore south Tamil Nadu and translocated to a kraal at Varakaliyar elephant camp near Topslip.
The elephant then escaped and walked more than 100 km (62 mi) back to the place from where he was captured in search of his family. This elephant was both loved and feared by the villagers. Later he was recaptured again.
The Forest Department on Tuesday shifted the three kumkis from Varapalayam area to Periyathadagam to step up surveillance and monitor wild elephants. The kumkis - Cheran, Vijay and Bomman - were taken to Periyathadagam on Tuesday afternoon to prevent the wild elephants from straying out of forest. Sources in Varapalayam said that the Forest Department shifted the kumkis to Periyathadagam after Chinna Thambi, one of the elephants which the department has plans to capture and translocate from Thadagam valley, moved to the area with a Herd
2019-01-25: Based on the public concerns the elephant was first captured from Thadagam village on 25 January 2019 and was translocated to the Topslip tiger reserve and was released in Varakaliyaru forest area. However, in search of his family the elephant started walking back to its earlier territory and went around Udumalai and Krishnapuram area, covering over 100 km (62 mi) in three days. The forest department again returned him back to the forest area but he always walked back.
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was captured from Sarkar Kannadipur village near Madathukulam in Tirupur district and shifted to kraal at Varakaliyar elephant camp near Topslip, where he became a tame elephant.