Two wild elephants, one of them 20 months pregnant, were found dead in as many days in Surajpur district of Chhattisgarh.
While forest officials managed to conduct a postmortem on the elephant found dead on Tuesday, the body of the other couldn’t be retrieved as of late Wednesday as it was surrounded by a herd.
According to forest officials, the carcasses were found at separate places in Ganeshpur area of Pratappur forest range, about 400 km from Raipur. “While the pregnant elephant died because of a liver ailment in the early hours of Tuesday, the carcass of another female pachyderm was yet to be recovered as a herd is surrounding it,” a district forest official said.
Chief Conservator of Forests (wildlife) Arun Kumar Pandey confirmed the deaths.
Meanwhile, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Surajpur division, J R Bhagat said a preliminary postmortem of the pregnant elephant revealed it had a cyst in its liver and some issues in the spleen that might have led to its death.
Forest officials further said the elephants belonged to a herd that had been wandering in the area for the last couple of days.
In the past few years, several incidents of human-elephant conflict were reported from the forests of northern Chhattisgarh, comprising Surguja, Korba, Surajpur, Raigarh, Jashpur, Korba and Koriya districts.
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