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Carcasses of elephants found in Chalipuzha

More likely to be washed ashore

Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: The carcass of a female adult elephant and that of a male calf were found floating down the Chalipuzha, a tributary of the Chaliyar near the Thusharagiri Waterfalls, near here, on Tuesday. The river is in spate due to heavy rain in the upper reaches in Wayanad.

Both the carcasses were in a decomposed state. While the body of the cow elephant was washed ashore at the Vatappara tribal colony, the calf was found one-and-half kilometres downstream near the Chembukadavu mini hydel project area.

Four days ago the body of a tusker was washed on to the riverbed.

According to local people, there is likelihood of more elephant carcasses being washed ashore, as a foul smell has been emanating from the river.

Forest Department personnel are yet to reach the spot and take stock of the situation.

When contacted, officials at the Thamarassery forest range office said they could not go to the spot because of the general strike today.

A vehicle of the department was damaged by agitating students near Kunnamangalam on Monday.

According to the local people elephants drowned in the river when they tried to follow young calves into the river.

Another doubt expressed is that the elephants could have died due to poisoning.

Of late there has been widespread destruction to agriculture crops by rogue elephants, and farmers were reportedly using poison to keep them away.

The Animal Welfare Officer, Animal Welfare Board, Eapen Kuruvila, meanwhile has informed Assistant Director, Wildlife sub-regional office under the Ministry of Environment and Forests in Kochi, V.K. Dikxit, of the death of the elephants.

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