MYSURU: Mystery shrouds the death of two tigers and an elephant whose carcasses were found close to a waterbody in Bandipur Tiger Reserve on Thursday. The deaths set alarm bells ringing among conservationists and the Forest Department staff.
While the cause of death was yet to be confirmed, authorities have not ruled out poisoning. The carcasses were found close to the Hirekere waterbody in the Himmavad Gopalswamy Betta range of the tiger reserve, reports The Hindu.
The animals may have died a week ago. The male tiger was around 3 years old, the female about 2 years, and the elephant, a female, around 25 years old.
Conservator of Forests and Director of Bandipur Ambadi Madhav said post-mortem was conducted and samples of the viscera will be sent to the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, and the Forensic Science Laboratory at Madiwala, to ascertain cause of deaths.
A section of senior officials said the waterbody may have been poisoned, but some activists said the amount of poison required to contaminate the waterbody would be huge. Besides, other animals dependent on it should have died too.