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Treatment fails, tusker succumbs to injury

Alipurduar, March 25: A wild tusker that had been spotted injured apparently after a fight with another male elephant in West Poro beat died last light.

The animal had been bleeding profusely from the hind limb when a forest guard saw it in Poro-6 compartment of Buxa Tiger Reserve’s west division on March 19 morning. He soon informed senior officers who made arrangements to bring two kunkis (trained elephants) and veterinarians to treat the tusker.

On March 23, the vets — Ujjwal Bag and Manash Kundu — became successful in tranquillising the injured animal and started the treatment. The delay in beginning the medication was because of the long time taken by the kunkis — Nonai and Urmila — to reach the spot, said R.P. Saini, the field director of the reserve.

Although Nonai was in the nearby Checko area, the much experienced Urmila had to be brought from Chengmari, located more than 50km away.

“The doctors gave the elephant saline water and antibiotics and the elephant stood on its own yesterday,” said Saini. The animal was also given some food, but it succumbed to injuries around 9.30pm yesterday.

This morning, the vets started conducting post-mortem and the body was cremated later in the day.

Saini said the forest department had provided best treatment with available resources it had to the tusker. He added that the animal was around 35-years-old and it had a height of 11 feet.

In reply to a question, the officer said the animal may have suffered the injury when it had fought with another tusker to take control of a herd.

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