Bodies of tiger, fox found in well
TNN 2 August 2009, 04:27am IST
CHANDRAPUR: A full-grown tiger and a fox were found dead in a well in an abandoned farm near Chitegaon village in Mul tehsil on Saturday morning. Forest authorities termed them as accidental deaths as both animals seemed to have fallen into the well during a chase.
Reports have it that some shepherds were the first to find the body of the tiger in the well in the abandoned farm on Saturday morning near Chitegaon and informed forest officials of Saoli forest range. RFO J T Giradkar and senior forest officials including CF Ramjisingh Yadav, DCF Sanjay Thawre and RFOs of other forest ranges also reached the spot. DCF Sanjay Thawre of Bramhapuri forest division termed it as an accident. “The shepherds discovered the body after they got a foul odour coming from it. Our officials rushed to the spot and fished out the body for postmortem,” said Thawre.
He said that the well in which the animals had fallen had no parapet wall and it is likely that they had fallen into it accidentally during the chase. He further said that dead bodies of both the animals appeared to a couple of days old and were in decayed condition.
Giradkar informed that the dead tiger was a male aged around 5-6 years old. “The scenario suggests that it was an accident while hunting and the fact that all the body parts of the tiger were intact dismisses the chances of poaching,” he held. After necessary formalities, the bodies of both the animals were cremated.