COONOOR: A wild gaur is moving around in the Wellington cantonment area near here with injuries in its mouth and tongue. The injuries are suspected to have been caused by an explosive.
The greens want the Forest department to take steps to treat the animal and find out if somebody in the vicinity is in possession of explosives and clandestinely using them to harm stray animals.
Residents in Wellington cantonment said that for the last few days the gaur has been moving around with its tongue hanging down. No one can go near the wild beast which strayed into a residential area and settled near a house. People suspect that it could have accidentally fed on small explosives kept hidden in the fields to thwart attempts made by wild boars to enter fields.
RAINS: Meanwhile, Southwest monsoon which has been sluggish this year, has picked up and good rains in the western Nilgiris has brought some respite though rainfall continues to be scanty in other parts of Nilgiris, including Ooty town. Avalanchee near Ooty recorded 124 mm of rain on Sunday morning.
After tapering of the rains in early July, things changed for the better in western Nilgiris including at Gudalur, Naduvattam and Devala on Nilgiris border and in Avalanchee, Emerald and Upper Bhavani, west of Ooty, as these catchment areas are experiencing good rains....