Ramanathapuram, May 7 UNI | 3 months ago

An adult male spotted deer died after it was mauled by stray dogs at Malattar near Kadaladi, here today.

Forest officials said the deer came to Malattar, a jungle river in search of water from nearby forest late last night. The deer was bitten by stray dogs. The villagers, who noticed the stray dogs biting the wild animal, rescued it and alerted the forest department.

On information, Keezhakkarai wildlife warden along with forest staff rushed to the village and brought the deer to the forest office at nearby Sayalkudi forest office. By the time a Veterinary doctor arrive to treat the deer, it died of injuries this morning. A large number of spotted deer live in the forest adjacent to Malattar. They often strayed into Malattar River, Kovilankulam, Kadaladi, Sayalkudi in search of drinking water and fell prey to stray dogs.

Even some times, they were run over by speedy vehicles. The villagers demanded the forest department to erect drinking water tanks in the forest to prevent the animals straying into human habitation.

(Posted on 08-05-2014)