Wayanad farmer injured in tiger attack succumbs at hospital

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Thomas Pallipurath | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Mananthavady: The 50-year-old farmer who was seriously injured in a tiger attack on Thursday in Wayanad succumbed at a private hospital in Kalpetta.

Thomas (aka Salu), was attacked near Vellaramkunnu in Puthussery at around 10.30 am near his house. He was rushed to Wayanad Medical College Hospital but was referred to Kozhikode Medical College Hospital for emergency surgery. On the way to Kozhikode, he suffered a heart attack in Kalpetta and was taken to the general hospital in Kainatty and then to a private hospital.

He died at the private hospital.

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Two marks of the premolar teeth of the tiger were spotted on the backside of his right thigh. His femur was broken. A heavy blow to the chest caused internal bleeding. This, along with blood loss from the wounds led to a heart attack and eventually to death, Dr VK Rajeevan said.

Thomas had spoken to his wife and others who accompanied him in the ambulance while taking him to Wayanad Medical College Hospital.

He was survived by his wife Sini, children Sona and Sojan.

Search operation underway

The tiger was first spotted by MGNREGA workers in the morning. They informed forest officials and the search was immediately started. Thomas was attacked while the search was ongoing. Deputy collector and tehsildar arrived at the location to coordinate the search operation.

The area is not close to the forest and this has caused panic among the natives since the presence of a tiger was not expected in the locality.

A couple of weeks ago, a tiger located in Vakeri village was found dead. In October 2022, another tiger spread fear for almost a month in the Cheeral area. It had attacked several domestic animals.

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