18 Asiatic elephants found dead in remote protected forest in India

Sidda, a partially blind wild elephant, who had taken refuge in the backwaters of the dam after he broke his right leg while being chased by villagers in late August later died.. “We have to wait for the autopsy report, which the forest department will do soon.” A team of vets and officials headed to the site on Friday together with Parimal Shuklabaidya, Assam’s forests and environment minister. First published on May 14, 2021 / 5:50 AM “Poisoning could be behind the death of the elephants,” Datta told AFP. This frame grab from video provided by KK Productions shows an Indian village boy paying respect to one of 18 wild Asiatic elephants found dead in the protected Kondali forest reserve in northeastern Assam state, India, on May 13, 2021. KK PRODUCTIONS via AP

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But prominent conservationist Soumyadeep Datta, from environmental activist group Nature’s Beckon, said that was unlikely based on social media images. 18 wild Asiatic elephants found dead in remote protected forest in India

May 14, 2021 / 5:50 AM
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Indian authorities launched a probe Friday into the deaths of at least 18 elephants as a leading conservationist raised doubts that the animals were killed by lightning, the cause cited as likely by government officials. The dead herd was found in the hilly Kandali Proposed Reserve Forest in the remote northeastern India state of Assam on Thursday. Trending News

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18 Asiatic elephants found dead in remote protected forest in India

In recent years there have been an increasing number of incidents of elephants killed by locals — and vice-versa — as humans encroach farther into forest areas. Aijaz Rahi / AP

India is home to nearly 30,000 elephants, around 60 percent of the wild Asian elephant population. October 2016 photo shows an injured male Asiatic elephant, known as Sidda, attempting to reach out to a bunch of bananas thrown toward him by a forest guard in the backwaters of the Manchinbele Dam, on the outskirts of Bangalore, India. Forest officials and a local lawmaker, Jitu Goswami, told Agence France-Presse they believed the elephants died after lightning struck the forest.