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COIMBATORE: A 25-year-old ele­phant, which was treated for a large ab­scess on it left fore­leg, was found dead early to­day near Anaikatti on the city out­skirts.The body of the an­i­mal was found in a bush in Kon­dalur vil­lage, for­est de­parmt­ment sources said. The pachy­derm was found strug­gling to walk by vil­lagers who then in­formed for­est de­part­ment of­fi­cials on Fri­day last. The vet­eri­nar­i­ans had re­ju­ve­nated the pachy­derm by feed­ing it sug­ar­cane, salt and other fodder, af­ter which they de­cided to per­form the surgery yes­ter­day. Fol­low­ing the op­er­a­tion, the tusker had moved to a stream and two teams were formed to mon­i­tor its move­ment and con­di­tion. The cause of the death is yet to be as­cer­tained, the sources said.

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