More carcasses exhumed; one death unreported

Carcasses of two more chitals were recovered from Kanpur zoo premises on Thursday afternoon. One of them had been buried without any autopsy being conducted on it and the killing was also not reported to the higher authorities.

Zoo Director K Thomas said the death of one of the chitals had been reported while that of the other had not been reported. Thomas said the carcass of a chital was exhumed from near the entry of the zoo in the afternoon and it was found that no autopsy had been performed on it. He said they were going to get the autopsy conducted on it. "The carcass is very old and it seems to be of a male. He said they were waiting for the doctors from outside zoo to get the autopsy conducted just as the government has instructed," he said.

Thomas added that the government had asked them to scan the whole zoo area to search for the carcasses buried without autopsies, so they will continue with the combing operations in the area to exhume any other such carcasses buried there. This is the third carcass of a chital that has been exhumed from the zoo since Sunday, which had been buried without any autopsy being conducted on it.

Following the killing of 31 blackbuck by stray dogs inside the Kanpur zoo on Saturday night, the forest officials had started combing operation inside the premises.

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