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Injured elephant

Alipurduar, Dec. 6: An injured female elephant suspected to have entered Buxa Tiger Reserve from Assam was tranquillised and given anti-biotics yesterday afternoon.

Foresters said the animal has an injury in its right forelimb and fluid is oozing out of it.

Officials suspect the elephant had entered Chengmari forest in Buxa after crossing the Sankosh river. Kachugaon forest in Assam is close to the river.

Deputy field director of Buxa Bhaskar J.V. said: “We tranquillised the elephant and it is under observation. We think it has a fracture in the right front leg. The elephant had come to Buxa from Assam. It returned to Assam recently and yesterday we saw the animal in Chengmari.”

Last week, foresters had spotted a two-year-old injured elephant calf in Buxa. It is suspected that the young animal that had an eye injury had strayed into Buxa from Assam.

On Thursday, the calf was shifted to Jaldapara to be treated there but died yesterday.

A bullet was found in its skull.