Elephant hit by bus succumbs to injuries in MTR (Coimbatore, India)


S Sethill Kumar, New Indian Express

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A makna (tuskless) elephant, which was injured  after a State Express Transport Corporation bus hit it while attempting to cross the Krishnagiri-Hosur Highway near Shoolagiri on Monday, died at Theppakadu camp in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) without responding to treatment. It had internal injuries and suffered a cardiac arrest.

One of the veterinary doctors who treated the injured elephant, E Vijayaragavan told Express that the animal could not take food and water since its hind leg had a fracture.

“We provided medicines and physiotherapy to improve its health, but it died around 12 pm on Wednesday. The 10-year-old’s rib, hip and lower part of the vertebral column had injuries. There were blood clots in a few parts, which led to cardiac arrest,” he said

A team of veterinarian N S Manokaran and Vijayaragavan performed the postmortem. “The animal should not have been taken to Theppakadu, which is 200 km away from Shoolagiri,” said Wildlife Nature Conservation Trust founder N Sadiq Ali

Meanwhile, a postmortem found that parasitic infection and internal bleeding caused the death of a 30-year-old mother elephant at Moongil Pallam in Narasipuram. The animal was found dead on Tuesday.