>> Residents of the Indian city of Coimbatore can now rest easy, after local officials capture the source of their worries. A killer elephant. Known to locals as Vinayaga, the wild animal had been causing chaos for six months, claiming the lives of four people including one forest official, and raiding crops.
Forest officials spent five hours trying to sedate the animal and securing it for transport with the help of kunkis, or tamed elephants. Seen here nudging Vinayaga onto the back of the truck.>> This is a massive elephant, as you are seeing. It is 4.5 to 5 tons in weight, and it was a very difficult operation actually today.
>> The elephant will be kept under observation at the Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary before being moved to a more suitable habitat. Elephant attacks have grown more common in the country. Forest officials blame the mammal's growing familiarity with humans, as well as a rapidly diminishing forest area.
Still officials hope Vinayaga will find a mate as the elephant is believed to have good genes, so that he can have a chance to pass those genes on.