Alappuzha: A mahout's hand was bitten off by an elephant while he was feeding the animal here on Sunday.
The victim, Padinjare Veetil Prathapan, 52, of Anju Nivas, Kunnumpuram, near Kanjikkuzhi, was admitted to a private hospital where he would undergo a surgery to reattach the severed palm.
The unfortunate incident took place around 7.30 pm on Sunday. The elephant, owned by a native of Kozhencherry in Pathanamthitta, was brought here on lease by Prathapan to parade in temple festivals.
He went to the jumbo tethered to a tree adjacent to his property to feed it bananas laced with medicines. He also took along with him one of his relatives who expressed the wish to see the elephant.
After keeping the young girl at safe a distance, Prathapan started feeding the animal, but suddenly it turned violent and pushed him down before biting his hand off.
His right arm got severed in the attack. He was lying in a pool of blood when Sreekuttan, one of his neighbors, rushed to the spot upon hearing his cries for help. He pulled Prathapan away from the elephant's feet and immediately took him to a private hospital nearby.
Local residents picked up the severed portion of the hand from the spot and promptly rushed it to the hospital.
The injured was later shifted to the Alappuzha Medical College Hospital, which referred him to a super specialty hospital in Ernakulam.
Police personnel have been deployed in the area where the elephant is kept.
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