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Veterinarians treat wounded wild elephant in Masinagudi forest area

Times of India, New Delhi, 17 June, 2015


UDHAGAMANDALAM: An 15-year-old elephant, which was found wounded on one leg in Masinagudi forest area near Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in the Nilgiris, was treated by the forest veterinarians on Tuesday.

The male elephant was found limping near Mavanallah in the forest area. According to forest officials, the pachyderm of one of its hind legs was found severely wounded with puss formation.

To help tackle and first tranquilize the elephant, two kumkis were brought from Theppakadu elephant camp in MTR. Forest veterinarians, Dr N Manoharan and Dr Vijayaraghavan tranquilized the elephant while the kumkis tried to calm the wounded animal.

"The veterinarians conducted a minor surgery and removed the puss formation on its leg and administered proper medication for the wound", said a forest official.

"After the treatment, the animal was monitored for a few hours and later was seen grazing in the forest area", said the official, adding, "Forest staff will be monitoring the elephant for another few days".