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Gross Post Mortem Findings in Sloth Bear Died Due to Electrocution

Gajare, V.C. Bedarkar, S.N., and Gobade, R

Animal Husbandry Department, Govt. of Maharashtra, India

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal October 2022 : 99 (10) - pages 47 to 49
(Received: , Accepted: )


Electrocution is a major emerging thread to wildlife in human wildlife conflicted areas. In this study the post mortem examination of two sloth bears was conducted to confirm death by electrocution. The significant gross findings to confirm electrocution were presence of external electrocution mark, oozing of unclotted tarry colored blood from mouth, petechial sub- cutaneous hemorrhage, unclotted tarry colored blood in heart and blood vessels, intestinal mesentery congestion, hemorrhages on endocardium, and on fundic area of stomach. Further laboratory methods and work may be done to confirm cases of electrocution.

Key Words: Electrocution, sloth bear

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