Trichy: A female Indian Gaur aged around 3 years was killed after being hit by a vehicle on the Manapparai –Thuvarankurichi state highway on Friday night. The forest department was, however, unable to get any clue about the vehicle that hit the animal.
The Forest department officials got information that a gaur was rammed by a vehicle at Pillaiyarkovilpatti Karuppanswamy temple.
Though the team rushed to the spot, it found the animal dead. Officials said that gaurs from Thuvarankurichi and Manapparai reserve forest areas usually crossed the road during the night. The carcass was buried in the forest itself after veterinarians conducted a post-mortem on Saturday morning.
An officer in the forest department said that they could not specify the habitat of the animal and that it could have moved from other forest areas for grazing.
Since the movement of wild animals was regular on the stretch and Madurai-Trichy national highway near Thuvarankurichi, signboards warning the vehicles to slow down were also put up.
Yet, motorists hardly paid heed to them putting the lives of humans and animals in danger. Accidents of Indian gaur on the stretches have turned fatal earlier too.