Guwahati: An elephant calf was found dead on the banks of Pagladia river under Kumarikata forest division of Assam’s Baksa district near the Bhutan border on Friday.
Informing that the calf reached the area along with other members of a herd in search of food, a member of Manas Chowki Ecotourism Society, an NGO, told EastMojo, “We saw the carcass of the baby elephant on Friday. The calf might have died three to four days ago. The herd of elephants came here probably in search of food. Infighting among some of the elephants might have been the cause of the death. The age of the baby elephant should be around 2-3 months.”
Earlier, in the month of August, another elephant was found dead due to food poisoning near the Bhutan border at the Tamulpur forest range in Assam’s Baksa district.
As per sources, a herd of 70 to 80 wild elephants used to come out of the Tamulpur forest range along the Indo-Bhutan border in search of food and water almost on a regular basis and enter the nearby villages. On August 18, a herd entered the village and destroyed some of the houses and paddy fields. The villagers used fire crackers and torches to chase away the animals.
However, the next morning, some villagers recovered the body of a dead elephant, believed to be a member of the herd that entered the village on the previous day. Later, the villagers informed the forest department concerned and the animal was cremated after a post-mortem was conducted.