- Elephant shot dead in Kodagu, Karnataka
An elephant carcass was found by forest officials in Palamangala village, Kodagu district, on April 4. According to a report published in thenewsminute, forest officials believe that the elephant was shot dead using a single-barrel gun. This incident took place only days after an injured elephant was rescued by the forest officials and treated in the same village. While the villagers say that the carcass is that of the same elephant, forest officials beg to differ on the basis of certain injury marks on the tusk of the rescued elephant which are missing on the carcass. A case has been booked in the local court and is under investigation.
2. Leopard dies after beaten by villagers in UP
After being pummelled by residents of Bahraich village in Uttar Pradesh, a leopard died last week succumbing to its injuries. According to a report in ndtv.com, the leopard was beaten up after it was said to have attacked several people since February this year. After receiving information of leopard sighting, the forest officials reached the spot to catch the leopard, but angry villagers had already taken the matter into their hands. While the leopard was caught by the officials, it could not be saved. Its body has been sent for post mortem, and an investigation has been started in the matter.
3. Tiger found dead in protected areas of Sundarban
A first of its kind case in 11 years, a Bengal tiger was found dead in the protected areas of Sundarban National Reserve of West Bengal on Monday. While the big cat is suspected to have fallen prey to a deer trap set by poachers, this is yet to be confirmed by the forest department. According to timesnownews.com, the West Bengal State Forest Department said that a wire snare was found around the tiger’s waist. According to The Times of India, the carcass was discovered by a sniffer dog, Ikna, stationed in Sajnekhali after the forest department received a tip about poaching activity near a village inside the reserve, which is not far from the spot where carcass was discovered. The last time an unnatural tiger death incident in the area was reported was in 2008.
4. Rescued blind elephant gets a home
After suffering for decades, a forty-year-old ailing elephant was recused by Wildlife SOS, said a report by The Hindu. The elephant is currently receiving treatment at Wildlife SOS hospital, Mathura. In a release issued by Wildlife SOS, the organization said that Kalpana is attended to by a dedicated team of experienced elephant vets and care staff. She is now getting ready for X-rays and other tests to assess her health status. Following this, the Wildlife SOS veterinary team will develop an intensive treatment plan for her.
“Kalpana has been a victim of cruel commercial exploitation and has been suffering for nearly four decades before Wildlife SOS learnt about her situation. She was forced to give tourists rides and suffered new bouts of cruelty with every change of hands, when she would be sold to a new owner,” noted the release.