A deer was found dead under a hillock near Powai’s Phule Nagar behind the Mahakali Mandir in the area adjacent to the IIT on Wednesday, sending local authorities and animal activists into a tizzy. Officials have now concluded the death having been caused by a fall from an altitude, which in this case is a hillock near the Mahakali temple.
According to Sunish Subramanian of the Plants and Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Mumbai, the organization and the Amma Care Foundation (ACF) received a call on their helplines around 7:30 am where the caller informed them about the deer lying bleeding from the head near the temple.
“Local activist Hasmukh Maruti Walunjuand Range Forest Officer Santosh Kankaccompanied us to the spot and we found the dead deer under the hill behind the temple. PSI Gangaram Kusale, Constable Ashok Dombaleand lady Constable Savita Kalewere also present at the spot with us,” Sunish said.
“It was a male deer aged between 3 to 4 years of age which had wandered into the hill in search of water and food, which includes plants and grass. While roaming on the hill, it lost its balance and fell. Deers are anyway very timid and are startled easily.
The absolute silence owing to the lockdown must have caused even the slightest sound to scare it,” Sunish added. Forest Officers Pankaj Kumbhar and Santosh Bhangne were also present at the spot.
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