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Temple elephant dies, negligence alleged

A temple elephant died on Thursday raising allegation from animal lovers that the elephant was not properly taken care of.

Elephant Sivasundaram owned by Rajarajeswari Temple at Taliparamba died in the morning.

The elephant was in chain as it was under musth. Temple authorities said the elephant was found dead when the mahout went to attend to it in the morning. While the temple authorities said there was nothing unusual about the death, elephant-lovers alleged that the animal was a victim of cruelty by the temple authorities.

V.K. Venkatachalam, secretary of the Heritage Animal Task Force (HATC), a Thrissur-based organisation, said the elephant had been kept under a tree for the past two months without any shelter. He said immediately after the death, the carcass was covered with a cloth to hide its wounds. He said the organisation had filed a complaint with the Chief Wildlife Warden and the Project Elephant authorities.

According to the HATC, this was the 12th elephant to have died in the State in the past one year due to torture and neglect.



HATC says the elephant had been kept under a tree for the past two months without shelter



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