Then noosing is undertaken with the remaining hind and
fore limbs. When all the four limbs are noosed,
translocation can be attempted. Ten to fifteen persons
hold all the four ropes and the elephant is coaxed to move.
Oral, percussive or mild prodding commands are given.
This is supplemented by pulling the rope attached to the
limb concerned. If enough coaxing is done the animal will
move forward or even backward. The animal's
subconscious mind works and obeys the command as if in
a hypnotic trance. The mahout with whom the animal is
angry should not be employed. His voice or even smell can
provoke the animal. Even calling out for the chain or the
sound of the chain will be experienced as unpleasant
stimuli. The chain is carried in a gunny bag to avoid any
sound.

By coaxing the animal, translocation to a distance of 100-
200 m can be easily covered. For greater distances a
mahout can mount on the animal and can give toe
commands. This is also useful if the terrain is uneven or
undulating.

The hind limb is first tied at the tethering site and then the
forelimb is extended and tied to a tree. Then these ropes
are replaced by chains. A distance of 60 cm should be left
between the tree and the leg. A standard ball and socket
joint chain is used to tie the hind limb to provide freedom to
move and lie down if necessary. Water is poured all over
the body to reverse the sedation. However, the animal
should not be allowed to lie down and sleep immediately.
Make sure that the ground surface is even and level to
avoid difficulty when the elephant lies down. Reversal with
Yohimbine or Yohimbine Plus 4-Aminopyridine is rarely
done.

The festival season and the musth season often coincide
resulting in more elephants bolting and a greater need,
consequently, for darting. The majority of darting takes
place during the pre musth or post musth period and rarely
within the full musth period itself. On certain other
occasions the owners start making use of the animal
before the symptoms of full musth subsides. This leads to
refusal of the animal to obey commands and resulting
problems. The elephant immobilization team generally
carries with it the necessary ropes with ring and
detachable long hook along with an immobilization kit.



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