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With care: A team of veterinary doctors treating Sri Sukavaneshwarar Temple elephant which fell down on Thursday. —
With care: A team of veterinary doctors treating Sri Sukavaneshwarar Temple elephant which fell down on Thursday. —

Staff Reporter

It is under treatment

SALEM: The 33-year-old elephant Rajeshwari fell down on Sri Sukavaneshwarar temple premises here on Thursday evening.

Slippery

The incident occurred when the temple workers had taken the elephant for a walking exercise inside premises. The ground was slippery as the city was experiencing heavy rain for the past few days.

The attempt by the temple authorities to help the animal onto her feet using a crane proved futile.

After a few attempts, officials gave up the idea and informed the veterinarians.

A team of veterinarians started giving treatment to the elephant and administered glucose. “We expect that the animal would be able to get onto her feet by itself in a day,” officials claim.

Bad feet

The pachyderm was already suffering bad feet. Recently, a team led by Assistant Professor K.S. Subramanian of Madras Veterinary College examined the feet of the elephant on Tuesday and advised the veterinarians here to ensure good foot care.

Detained

Meanwhile, forest officials detained an elephant, owned by an individual, for a few hours, following allegations from the public that the animal was forced to seek alms. Officials warned the mahout before releasing the animal.

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