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Autopsy: Kerala elephant had oral wounds, didn't eat for 2 weeks

Jun 06, 2020 11:13 IST

The pregnant wild elephant who died in Kerala had major wounds in its oral cavity, most likely after an explosive blast, due to which she could not eat for nearly two weeks leading to her collapse in a river and drowning, according to a post-mortem report. The report said, incapacitating wounds and injuries in the oral cavity caused localised sepsis. This resulted in excruciating pain and distress in the region and prevented the animal from eating and drinking water for nearly two weeks. Severe debility and weakness in turn resulted in the final collapse in water that led to drowning. The report said drowning, followed by inhalation of water leading to lung failure was the immediate cause of death of the elephant.

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