Fifteen-year-old elephant electrocuted in Udhagamandalam

Udhagamandalam: A 15-year-old tusker was electrocuted when it came into contact with an illegal electric fence of a private coffee estate near Udhagamandalam.

A group of estate workers today noticed the elephant lying dead on the fence, which was allegedly connected to high voltage electricity, forest department sources said.

Officials from forest department and electricity board rushed to the spot, along with two veterinarians, Prabhu and Kaliyappan, who conducted the post mortem and buried the male elephant, they said.

Police said they were on the look out for the estate owners as it was an offence to put up high voltage electric fences.

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