Coimbatore: A 11 year old Bull seen dead today in Nellimalai Reserved Forest of Mettupalayam region. It seems that the elephant roamed with severe mouth wounds for the past four days and the Forest Medical team rushed to treat the elephant. But due to the disparities in eating and failure of treatment, the bull lost its breath today.
Speaking about the Kallar Forest area of the Nilgiri Biosphere in Coimbatore, 15 elephants have died in the past six months which is disheartening. Specifically, ten elephants died in the Sirumugai forest of the Mettupalayam region alone, hiking the total number to 16 overall with the inclusion of recent death of the bull.
Elephants are said to be dying in the area due to elephant poaching, migratory encroachment, human-animal conflict and infections. A special team has been set up to detect the hidden reason behind the continuous loss of elephant lives in the Nilgiri forest area. Shockingly, one more death added up even before the team’s commencement of the investigation.
Examination of the bodies of dead elephants revealed the presence of stomach and intestinal infections in most elephants. Infections like this can occur due to eating of unhealthy food or unclean water. Therefore, it has been revealed that some elephants have died due to the infection.
The mystery behind the elephant deaths still prevails among the Forest Department and proper post mortem report is required to analyse the back to back deteriorations. However, the Forest Department claims that the massive fight between two species led to this condition but the official mysteries are not yet confirmed.
Environmental activist Osai Kalidas states that the continuous deaths in a particular place within a short span time require deeper analysis on the real reasons behind the loss of elephants. He also clears that it is an ok factor if the elephant dies naturally like every being, but the main consideration is if any human-made activities involved or behind the deaths.
Osai Kalidas requested the forest department to actively involve in drawing the report since the elephant loss in the Mettupalayam region is worrying because Asia’s highest number of elephants lives in the Nilgiri Biosphere and the Mettupalayam comes under it.
Proper awareness among the public about elephants should be encouraged to reduce the conflicts between man and animals since many elephants roam out in the farming lands in the Mettupalayam region.