Death toll of elephants in Kodagu dist rises to five

Prime News, State, (Madikeri), March 19:-The death toll of elephants in Kodagu district has risen to five since the last three days with one more death reported in Rangasamudra.

Forest officials said that the 15-year-old female elephant, which was rescued on Thursday from a slush pond, succumbed to dehydration on Saturday night.

The elephant was rescued at Parlakoti village in Rangasamundra in an operation overseen by the Madikeri forest division.

Deputy Conservator of Forests Manjunath said that the doctors provided her with the best treatment but she died.

Forest department authorities said that the elephant, which got stuck inside a pond plantation, ate nothing after it was pulled out. “It stopped eating, and drinking water from Thursday, and had injuries on its left leg.” The officials carried out post-mortem and it was buried inside the Minukoli forest area. The body was earlier transported by a tractor, with the help of elephants.

In another incident a 40-year-old male elephant found dead in the Srimangala Wildlife Range. The officials suspected that the elephant might have died two days back. Details of death will be known only after post-mortem.

The death of the young elephant comes close on the heels of the death of three others in Soorikadu village. On Thursday, Three elephants died including a mother and its calf. While the mother elephant was 35, the calf was around five months old.

On the other hand, the death of five elephants in a span of three days has raised the hackles of environmentalists, who want the state government to roll out a concrete action plan to save wild elephants in the Western Ghats.

“In the past six months, there have been numerous incidents of wild elephants dying in Kodagu and Hassan.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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