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Elephant chokes to death while trying to cross fence in Nagarhole

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Nagarhole: In a tragic incident a 42-year-old elephant died while trying to cross a fence in Nagarhole National Park in Karnataka on Saturday, December 15.

Iron fences were erected in parts of the park to prevent elephants from crossing over into human settlements but these fences turned out to be fatal for this elephant.

It is gathered that the elephnat which was 5 feet tall tried to cross the barricade which was 7 feet tall and got stuck as the diaphragm of the elephant got compressed very heavily due to the pressure that fell on it and because of that the choking of the respiratory organs the elephant died.

These fences came up after nearly Rs 212 crore was allocated in the 2015 state budget and had been erected in the park as part of the first stage of the project. Many of the environmentalists and conservationists had criticised that these fences would not help reduce conflict, and now the death of the elephant has angered the environmentalists and conservationists, as a result, they are now expressing severe anger on social media platform regarding this issue.

Just two months ago Rowdy Ranga, a jumbo of the Matthigodu elephant camp had died after it was hit by a speeding private bus in the middle of the night.

Source: Udayavani

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