Autopsy to confirm lightning as cause of death of 18 elephants

he Assam authorities on Friday determined to conduct forensic assessments on the 18 elephants that allegedly died from lightning strikes two days in the past within the Barhampur space of Nagaon district.

The our bodies of the elephants have been buried on Friday after a crew of veterinarians carried out autopsy examinations. Some stays have been despatched to the state forensic laboratory in Guwahati for additional assessments. The incident befell at Bamuni Pahar underneath Kothiatoli forest vary of Nagaon district. The our bodies of the pachyderms have been discovered on Thursday.

Although the preliminary inquiry revealed lightning to be the possible reason behind the deaths, wildlife consultants suspected that mass poisoning may be a cause as Assam has beforehand witnessed deaths of elephants resulting from poisoning — largely perpetrated by native cultivators. Rampant and unplanned growth within the state’s forest areas have encroached on elephant corridors, rising man-animal battle, with herds of elephants typically wreaking havoc on agricultural fields and hamlets.

“From what we noticed, it seems the deaths have been brought about resulting from lightning as there have been no seen indicators of wrestle earlier than the elephants died. However the precise trigger will probably be identified solely after experiences of the autopsy and forensic examinations,” mentioned forest and surroundings minister Parimal Suklabaidya.

The Assam authorities has constituted a crew to be headed by a senior forest officer and 7 veterinarians to probe the incident. “The autopsy experiences will probably be out there in a day or two, however we could have to attend a little bit longer for the result of the forensic assessments…,” mentioned P Sivakumar, director, Kaziranga Nationwide Park and Tiger Reserve.

Elephant skilled and CEO of Aaranyak, a wildlife NGO, Bibhab Talukdar, mentioned that proof suggests lightning was probably the most possible reason behind the deaths.

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