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Male Elephant Found Dead in Tamil Nadu's Nilgiris; Autopsy Reveals Starvation, Infection

Image for representation. (Reuters)

Image for representation. (Reuters)

There was also no food material in the intestine and maggots were found in the stomach, official sources said.

A male elephant was found dead in Theppakkadu coming under the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in Nilgiris district on Saturday, officials said. An autopsy revealed that the 15-year-old elephant was very weak and there was an infection in its tongue and teeth. There was also no food material in the intestine and maggots

were found in the stomach, official sources said.

It was suspected that the jumbo would have collapsed not able to consume food due to the infection and died.

first published:April 03, 2021, 21:49 IST