Sound of mourn­ing

Down to Earth - - BOOK -

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

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