7 October 2006


A few days ago a number of cattle were found killed at Nandhiyambadi near Chetpet in the Tiruvannamalai District. The cattle had been missing for sometime and when found in the forest the carcasses of the dead beasts bore the trace of an animal attack.

Forest officials have not put out any official word regarding the mutiliated cattle but villages suspect a panther may be on the prowl in the area.

How sad it is that in the last 50 years we have eradicated so many species of wonderful creatures in this area. Until recently there were leopards, cheetahs, tigers, wild antelopes and even elephants in great numbers throughout what is now Tiruvannamalai District.

Our success in obliterating these wonderful creatures is so excellent that the possibility of a stray panther is news. Sadly for the panther no doubt the villagers will be out on a hunting spree to catch the 'dangerous beast'!

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