Two elephants have died because of hunger and thirst in the Western region in the last two days. A two-year-old elephant calf reportedly died because of thirst-related complications in Melmudi forests on Wednesday. According to Forest Department sources, following the severe drought in forest areas, the elephant suffered problems in intestine and had developed complications. Divisional Forest Officer V. Thirunavukkarasu, and Nazeer, Ranger, buried the carcass.
A 50-year-old female elephant died in Thalavadi forest range in Sathyamangalam division on Tuesday.
Forest personnel, while patrolling in Mallan Kuri area, found the ailing elephant and alerted senior officials. Veterinarians found the animal seriously ill and too weak to move. They said that the animal had not taken food for the last few days. The elephant did not respond to the treatment and breathed its last on Tuesday evening. The carcass was buried after a post-mortem examination.