Chained-up elephant collapses and dies after vets refused to treat him

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Elephant handlers in India have accused the authorities of neglect after a working animal collapsed and died while chained up.

Mahouts at the Nagarahole National Park, in Karanatka, India, said they had known Drona, 37, was unwell, but their calls for a vet had gone unanswered.

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It is believed the gentle giant died from a heart attack, although an autopsy has not yet been carried out.

In a short video which captured the elephant’s final moments, he can be seen stumbling on the mud as handlers splash him with water.

He then sways from side to side before collapsing to the ground.

Drona struggled to say on his feet before collapsing (Picture: News Lions)
Handlers said vets ignored their claims that he was ill (Picture: News Lions)
It is thought he died of a heart attack (Picture: News Lions)

Elephant camp officials said Drona died when he went to drink water from a tank.

The footage was filmed on April 26.

Drona was part of the 15 elephant procession for Hindu religious festival Mysuru Dasara, that starts from the Amba Vilas Palace and winds for 5 kilometres through the city.

He carried the golden howdah, or platform, in 2017 and 2018.


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