Elephant of Guruvayur Anakotta suffers mysterious burn injuries on body
Guruvayur: The 28-year-old elephant Keerthi of Anakotta (elephant camp) in Guruvayur was found with burn injuries on his head and neck. Injuries on the upper parts of the body remains a mystery to the authorities even after the forest officials visited the place and examined it. Later, the statement of the elephant’s mahouts were recorded. However, they aren’t sure about the cause of injury.
The authorities of Anakotta and the mahouts suspect that the acid mixed with the soil caused the burns. Such burns can occur even when human excrement touches the skin. They also support the claim that the burn may be caused due to the elephant’s practice of throwing dust on its body. But the question of why there is no burn on the trunk remains unanswered.
The burn came to light the day after Keerthi was included in the list of elephants for the six kilometers marathon. Following this, someone sent a complaint to the forest department.
Even the officials of Anakotta came to know about the incident when the forest department came to inspect it. Treatment was started only after this. Guruvayur Devaswom Board Chairman KB Mohandas said that the incident would be investigated.