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Sambar deer killed after fall from 50-foot hill near Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Animal activists alleged that the animal was alive when they found her but SGNP staff did not take it for immediate treatment.

mumbai Updated: Oct 31, 2017 23:34 IST
Badri Chatterjee
Badri Chatterjee
Hindustan Times
Carcass of the Sambar deer
Carcass of the Sambar deer

A two-and-half year old female Sambar deer fell from 50-foot-high hill and died near Rushivan in Borivli, close to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) on Monday evening.

Animal activists who reached the spot alleged that the animal was alive when they found her but SGNP staff did not take it for immediate treatment. However, SGNP staff told HT that they could not locate the body on Monday as it was too dark, and were only able to locate the carcass on Tuesday morning, following which they sent it for a post-mortem.

Locals from Rushivan, 600 metres away from SGNP, informed NGO Plants and Animals Welfare Organsiation (PAWS-Mumbai) about the incident around 5pm on Monday. “Our volunteers informed SGNP’s control room, rushed to the spot by 5.30pm and identified that the animal was alive. Two forest officers reached the area by 6pm on motorbikes. They told my volunteer Dipesh Dhavre that they did not have equipment and would return in the morning to collect the body,” said Sunish Subramaniam, secretary, PAWS-Mumbai. “Even if the animal could not have been saved an attempt should have been made.”

Forest officers said that they located the body around 8am on Tuesday morning. “We received the information about the animal late Monday night and dispatched two teams to find the animal but they failed because it was dark but found the animal around 8am on Tuesday and took it to SGNP,” said Shailesh Deore, range forest officer, SGNP.

SGNP veterinarian Shailesh Pethe said the animal died due to internal hemorrhage and multiple fractures as a result of sudden impact due to accidental fall. The body was burnt after the post-mortem.

Sambar deer are protected under schedule 3 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. According to an SGNP study from 2015, sambar deer makes up the second largest deer population after spotted deer, and these animals make up the second largest prey base for leopards at the park and surrounding areas.

First Published: Oct 31, 2017 23:34 IST

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