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February 22, 2020 - The Hindu

INDIA: Elephant in mourning guards its dead calf in Gudalur forest

INDIA: Elephant in mourning guards its dead calf in Gudalur forest
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For the last four days, forest officials and staff have been witnessing a moving scene: a female elephant standing guard over the carcass of its 18-month-old calf that died after getting stuck in a swamp in Padanthorai beat in Gudalur forest range. It does not allow anyone to get near the carcass. Nor does it accept the food given by forest staff.

Stating that it is unusual for a mother to stay put near the carcass of its calf for more than two days, forest officials are worried that this could harm the health of the elephant. Workers of a tea estate noticed the carcass on Monday and informed the Forest Department.

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