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Coimbatore

Petition to euthanise ailing elephant: Veterinarians examine pachyderm

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COIMBATORE: Senior veterinarians on Wednesday examined Rajeshwari, the 42-year-old ailing elephant of Suganeshwar temple in Salem.

The Madras High Court had directed the concerned authorities to examine the elephant before arriving at a decision to euthanise it. Prof. Jaya Thangaraj of TANUVAS, Chennai and Vijayakumar and Kumareshan of Veterinary College in Namakkal thoroughly examined the elephant.

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Rajeshwari has been lying down for the last one month, resulting in bed sores and a wound on one of its front legs forcing her to stand on a single leg. An animal activist had moved the court seeking to euthanise the elephant.

According to Forest Department sources, Coimbatore District Forest Veterinarian Dr. Manoharan also carried out a test on the elephant. The experts will be submit a report to the Animal Husbandry Department at Salem, who in turn will hand over it to HR and CE Department, which will take necessary action after submitting to the Court.

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