The initial symptoms of induction will be noticed by
the relaxation of the penis, which will be seen within five to
eight minutes after darting if there is there is no
disturbance. Gradually, movements of tail, ears and the
trunk reduce and the animal remains almost motionless. At
times the animal may snore. This is no indication of the
depth of sedation and the animal can be aroused
explosively if handled. The peak result is obtained about
40-45 minutes after the onset of the symptoms described
here. Thus the animal should be handled only after this
time. No rise in body temperature is ordinarily noticed. If
the animal is feeding at the time of injection the fodder will
be kept in the mouth rather than swallowed or dropped.
The animal will remain in a standing position, and any
attempt to lie down, which is rare, should be discouraged.
A certain amount of ambulatory property is to be retained
by the animal to enable translocation on foot.


The level of sedation is tested by touching the area at the
base of the tail of the standing animal with a long pole. If
the response is very mild or nil, the translocation operation
can be started. If the animal is not under proper sedation
an additional dose can be given one hour after of the first
darting. After achieving a satisfactory level of sedation the
noosing can be started. Injection by subcutaneous route or
haematoma at the injection site can slow down the action.

Noosing

Four ropes (preferably polypropylene) of 2 cm diameter
and 8 m length are used. An iron ring of 8-10 cm in
diameter is tied at one end. If this is not available on the
spot a loose knot can be made at one end of the rope.
The rope is thrown from behind between the two hind
limbs, and then using a long hook the ringed end is taken
and placed round one of the hind limbs. While lifting and
pulling the ringed end it should be lifted as high as
possible as the animal is likely to lift the leg and avoid
noosing. The loose end of the rope is threaded raising the
rope as high and quickly as possible. The rope is tied on
to a tree or a good peg, as close to the ground as
possible. Then the opposite foreleg is noosed in the same
fashion.

While noosing the forelimb the rope may be thrown
between the forelimb from the side of the elephant instead
of standing in front of the elephant as this is a safer place
to stand. This rope is also tied as safely as that on the
hind limb. Any attempt made by the elephant to meddle
with this rope with its trunk should be discouraged by
giving commands and/or simultaneously by the hitting the
trunk with a short stick.

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