Coimbatore: Wild elephants injured three persons in two different incidents in Coimbatore district in the last couple of days, forest officials said.
They said in the first incident, Velan (34) and his wife Vannamayil (28) living with their nine-month male baby at a tribal settlement in Chinnarpathy near Aliyar dam in Pollachi taluk were attacked while returning from work on motorcycle Friday evening. While the bike got damaged in the attack by a single elephant near the contour canal bridge, the couple escaped by running into the forest carrying their baby. They suffered minor injuries and were admitted in Pollachi government hospital.
In another close encounter, daily wager Senthil Kumar (31) of LR Nagar in Mettupalayam was injured in an elephant attack when walking through the village towards his farmland in Mathanari early Saturday morning. An elephant from a herd of six charged at him and flung him to the ground. Senthil suffered bleeding injuries but managed to escape to farmland.