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Coimbatore

Ailing temple elephant dies in Salem

Covai Post Network

Coimbatore : Rajeswhari, the 42-year pachyderm of Sri Suganeshwar Temple in nearby Salem, died today.

The elephant was ailing for the past few days, due to a wound in its front leg, making it difficult to stand. The elephant had been lying for long leading to serious bed sores.

It was being given treatment in a farm belonging to the temple.Considering the health conditions, Madras High Court had directed to euthanise it, based on a petition filed by an animal activist and ordered examination of its condition and submit a report in 48 hours.

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A three-member expert committee had examined the ailing elephant a couple of days ago and submitted the report through HR and CE department to the court, department sources said.

Even as arrangements were being made to euthanise the elephant, which was adored by thousands of devotees and locals, the elephand died at 12 noon today, they said. Though the death was natural, a team of doctors will examine and give official version and if necessary carry out post mortem. The elephant will be buried at the farm with usual honour given to temple elephants, the sources said.

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