Sound of mourning
wanted to finish all the formalities of postmortem but I stopped them.I sat on a boulder,as a helpless soul for hours,also mourning, letting the elephants alone. But my responsibilities were to lead a team and establish facts, as per the law. The Range Officer and staff tried different methods to chase the mother away by making noise and creating smoke, but in vain. She turned frantic and chased the staff. Suddenly she looked around and saw a pine tree that was leaning across the road. She placed her feet gently on the leaning pine tree and pushed it in front of her baby. After forming this barricade she stopped for a few minutes in silence, to give a last look sadly at her dead child and then quietly left the place.The veterinary doctor conducted the postmortem and gave a report that the calf died by asphyxiation due to a fire set a few days ago.
The author is additional principal conservator of forests,Tamil Nadu Forest Department
She placed her feet gently on the leaning pine and pushed it in front of her baby