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Elephant found dead

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An infection suspected to be the cause

THENI

A female elephant was found dead at Koothanatchi Reserve Forest in Surulipatti section of Cumbum East range on Tuesday morning.

The carcass of the elephant, which was between 25 and 30 years of age, was found during a regular patrol by forest officers and guards. “The elephant had been moving near the forest boundary for the last four days, but there was not much movement on Monday. It had been under our surveillance for a while,” said an officer.

Veterinarian Kameshkannan and wildlife expert N. Kalaivanan conducted a post-mortem along with Assistant Conservator of Forests R. Guganesh. It is speculated that the elephant died around 12 to 16 hours before being spotted. “The condition of the carcass was weak and highly debilitated, dehydrated and icteric,” said a source privy to the post-mortem.

Wildlife Warden of Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary Sachin Bhosale said that the elephant died due to a pathological infection. There was inflammation all over the body, he added. Frozen and formaldehyde samples were collected for further analyses.

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