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Panel to study existence of Pygmy elephant in Kerala forest

Posted on Feb 03, 01:25PM | UNI

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 1 : The Kerala Government appointed an expert committee to study a report regarding the existence of Pygmy elephants ('Kallana'-- a five-foot-tall elephant) in the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary in the state.

Talking to newspersons here today,Forest Minister K B Ganeshkumar said the Committee would conduct a scientific study to prove the existence of Pygmy elephants in Kerala.

Sources said the study would cover various features of Pygmy, including DNA test before, coming to a final conclusion on its presence in the Kerala forest.

It was reported wildlife photographers snapped a few pictures and video of a five-foot-tall elephant in Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary a few days ago, sparking speculation over the existence of the Pygmy elephants in Kerala.