Chhatisgarh: 3 elephants found dead in 3 days

One more wild elephant was found dead in the forest of Surguja division in Chhattisgarh on Thursday, taking their death toll to three in as many days.

The latest fatality was reported from Rajpur forest range of Balrampur district, while two elephants, one of them a pregnant female, were found dead on June 9 and 10 in adjoining Pratappur forest range of Surajpur district,.

All the three dead jumbos were females and probably belonged to the same herd. The cause of their deaths also seems to be the same,” Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Arun Kumar Pandey said.

Prima facie, the post-mortem reports of the first two pachyderms and symptoms of the third one suggest they died of toxicity.

“They might have overeaten mahua flowers or consumed urea (fertilizer) stocked by villagers in their houses that led to toxicity,” Pandey said.

The forest personnel have launched a probe in the villages, from where the herd had crossed, to trace what they had consumed.

Meanwhile, forest officials have also collected samples from water bodies in the area to check if it was poisoned. 

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