The Valparai Anaimalai Tiger Reserve in the Coimbatore district has a large number of wild elephants.
Stench emanated from the Valparai Akkamalai Bil Medu forest area when the forest department was on patrol. On closer inspection, one elephant calf was found dead and rotting. The matter was later reported to the top officials of the forest department.
Forest Department doctor Sukumar and volunteer Ganesh and forester Muniandi Keerthi inspected the spot in the presence of Valparai Ranger Jayachandran led by Anaimalai Tiger Archive Associate Director Arokiya Xavier. Forest officials said the calf might have slipped from a cliff and died. The forest department said the dead female elephant was one year old.
The baby elephant’s body was then autopsied and left for wildlife to eat. The death of two elephants in three days in the Valparai area has caused grief among animal lovers.