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TN: Elephant dies after villager sets its ear on fire in Nilgiris

An elephant in Tamil Nadu died after a villager threw a piece of burning tyre on it in an attempt to chase the animal away.

A40-year-old elephant has died after being set on fire by a villager in Tamil Nadu. The villager had reportedly thrown a burning piece of tyre to chase away the elephant. The burning tyre got stuck on the elephant’s ear, forcing it to run away in distress. The incident, which took place in Masinagudi in Nilgiris, was captured on video.

The video shows men throwing burning objects at the elephant in an attempt to chase the animal away.

Forest rangers had later found the elephant with severe burn injuries on the back and ear. Unfortunately, the animal died while being transported to a camp for medical treatment on January 19.

The elephant was reportedly found in a very weak condition and had been tranqulised before being transported. It had to be caught using the Kumki elephants and was being transported to Theppakadu elephant camp when it died.

Kumki elephants are trained captive elephants used in operations to trap wild elephants, sometimes to rescue or to provide medical treatment to an injured or trapped wild elephant.

3 accused booked

The three men, allegedly responsible for setting the elephant on fire, have been booked. Speaking to the media, a senior official of the Masinagudi Tiger Reserve said that three people – identified as Prasath, Raymond Dean and Ricky Rayan have been booked in the case. While two people have been arrested, the third is yet to be nabbed.

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