Tiruchy: At least 30 deer in ‘Puthuyir Park’ at BHEL residential quarters at suburban Tiruverumbur have died under mysterious circumstances, in the last three days, causing concern among environmentalists.
This park, which was launched in the year 2000 by retired employees of the BHEL, boasts of hundreds of deer and other wildlife including rabbits, and peacocks. The park serves the recreational purpose of the residents and is also thrown open to the public during specific hours all through the week.
While the wildlife is taken care of by a group set up for the purpose with the guidance of the Forest department, official sources told DC that on Thursday alone 17 deer have died. This came as a big shock to those managing the park and was followed by nine deer dying on Friday and three more deer collapsing on Saturday, sources added.
On information, a veterinary doctors’ team under the leadership of joint director of Animal Husbandry department, Tiruchy Region, Dr Murugesan examined the carcasses, collected blood samples from them and sent the same to Government veterinary College, Chennai for clinical analysis.
Further, carcasses of two deer have also been sent to Government Veterinary college and research centre, Orthanadu in Thanjavur district, he said, adding, the reason for deer dying in such large numbers in short span of time will be known only on receipt of the clinical reports....