Alipurduar, Nov. 9: An adult female elephant was found dead in Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary yesterday and preliminary tests suggested that it had died of septicaemia.
The forest department has decided to search the entire sanctuary to find if any other elephant has died.
The carcass was spotted in Compartment Titi-4 by a guard who immediately informed higher officers.
S. Patel, the chief conservator of forest, (wildlife), north Bengal, reached the spot this morning to take stock of the situation. The throat of the elephant had swelled and there were no injury marks on the body.
A post-mortem was conducted by three veterinary surgeons in the presence of senior officers of wildlife III division. The doctors collected tissues also to get them examined in a lab in Jaldapara.
Ujjwal Ghosh, the divisional forest officer of wildlife-III division, said the elephant was aged around 20-25 years.
“The blood sample was examined in the Jaldapara lab and preliminary investigations reveal that the animal died of septicaemia. However, to confirm the disease, we are sending the samples to three more laboratories for examination.”
The DFO said the guards had been instructed to keep a watch on the herd to which the dead pachyderm belonged.
“The entire forest stretch will be combed to find out if any other elephant has died. I also asked the officers to conduct immunisation programme in Lankapara area from where cattle are sent to the forest for grazing,” said the officer.
The body was later cremated.
Three days ago, body of an elephant calf was spotted in Dyna Range of Jalpaiguri Forest Division. An environment activist said if both the animals had died of the same disease, it was a cause of concern.