Pune/Dodamarg (Sindhudurg): Roads wear a deserted look as people have been forced to sit at home during the coronavirus lockdown due to the spread of coronavirus. This has granted freedom to birds and wild animals to reclaim their lost territories. Peacocks and wild elephants are no exception to this.
While peacocks are roaming freely around in Koregaon Park in the city, in far-off Sindhudurg, a group of three elephants was spotted on the Dodamarg-Belgaum state highway in the Tilari basin at Bambarde of Dodamarg.
A villager, by sheer chance, spotted the elephants and clicked their photograph. Pune-based realtor Manish Maheshwari and his family are currently enjoying the company of two peacocks and a peahen on the premises of their Koregaon Park bungalow.
Speaking to Sakal Times about these majestic birds preferring to stay in his courtyard for 5-6 hours, Maheshwari said, “They have started coming to our house a few days after the lockdown began. They arrive around 9 am and stay till the afternoon. They have got used to my family members and do not run away. We are enjoying their company.”
When asked whether the birds were always there in their vicinity, Maheshwari said, “We used to hear their cries in the vicinity, but never had spotted them before. Now, that there is no traffic and people are not venturing out of their homes, the birds feel free to come in the open.”
It rained some days ago. The peacocks spread their plumage and danced, which was a pleasant sight for all of us. We do not feed them but keep water in bowls, which they do not touch. But they pick insects and green shoots from lotus pond and lawns in front of our house,” added Maheshwari.
Maharashtra’s Dodamarg taluka is famous for wild elephants, where the pachyderms are seen in large number since the past few years.
The first such elephant herd was spotted near Mangeli in Dodamarg on October 7, 2002. The elephants found plenty of food here, besides the water of Tilari dam, which they loved to swim in. The area has thick forest cover and paddy fields, jackfruit trees, banana plantations, which probably prompted them to settle in the area. Nevertheless, elephants roam freely in the areas, including Chandgad and some nearby villages in adjoining Kolhapur district and in Bambarde, Ghativade and Vijghar areas of Dodamarg tehsil.
According to an estimate, currently, there are five elephants in Tilari region.