Injured wild elephant dies in river after days of long struggle
Palakkad: A wild elephant which was found weak at the Ambalappara Velliyar river here died on Wednesday around 4 pm. Forest department was observing the elephant after it continued to camp in the river.
Two Kumki elephants namely Konni Surendran and Kodanad Neelakandan were brought from Dhoni in Palakkad to evacuate the wile elephant from the river and provide necessary medical care. But when the Kumki elephants were engaged in the mission, the wild elephant died.
The jumbo was too weak after suffering an injury inside mouth. It was starving for many days. The forest official found the 15-year-old female elephant in the river. As it looked very weak, the department was observing it.
On Monday night, the elephant strayed into the nearest human settlements and created panic among the people.
On Tuesday night, the forest department made a temporary fence to block the elephant from entering human settlements.
Veterinary surgeon Dr David examined the elephant and declared its death.
Later, the dead elephant was taken to the river bank with the help of Kumki elephants.
Forest officials reported that carcass will be buried after post-mortem. Forest officials including CCF Samuel V Pachow, Silent Valley assistant wildlife warden Ajay Ghosh, Mannarkkad DFO KK Sunil Kumar and public representatives arrived at the spot.