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TN forest department find two elephant carcasses, old age cited for death

- August 11, 2022

Chennai, Aug 11 (BPNS)

The Tamil Nadu forest department on Thursday detected two wild elephant carcasses in the forest area of Erode. The elephants, according to forest department officials died of old age. While one elephant was aged 50, the second one was aged 40.

Forest department officials during routine patrol found the carcass at Gundri Pirivu in Guthiyalathur reserve forest area under the Satyamangalam Tiger Reserve(STR). An assistant veterinarian was brought in and he performed an autopsy in the presence of the District Forest Officer, STR division, Kiruba Shankar, and Deputy Director, ATR, M. Indumathi.

Officials told IANS that the elephant was around 50 years of age and that it died of old age-related illness.

In another incident, when the forest guards were on surveillance in Chennampatti Forest range in Erode Forest Division, they came across the carcass of a male elephant. On autopsy, it was found to be around 40 years of age.

The forest department roped in a veterinarian to conduct an autopsy on the body of the elephant. Tusks were removed from the body of both the elephants.