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Tuesday , January 1 , 2013
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Tusker dies in herd attack

Dhubri, Dec. 31: An elephant that had recovered from injuries sustained in herd infighting at Pancharatna reserved forest of Goalpara forest division died this morning after it was attacked a second time, this time by 13 elephants.

The elephant was found in a mud pit with its tusks and a piece of its tail missing. While some had blamed local residents for the state the elephant had been found in, the locals said poachers had attacked the elephant, taking away its tusks.

Veterinarians had managed to help the animal, which, after recovering from its injuries, began to approach a hill in the vicinity.

“That is where a herd of wild elephants used to come,” Goalpara assistant conservator of forests Dipak Deka told The Telegraph today.

“This is the same herd that had attacked the elephant the first time. In the second incident which occurred about 10 days ago, the herd broke the elephant’s back. There was no question of chasing away the attacking herd given its size and given the fact that this is an elephant corridor.”

According to veterinarian Kushal K. Sarma, the elephant could not withstand the second attack. “The elephant’s condition was such that it could no longer eat,” Sarma said.

“It had, however, managed to make it back to the mud pit but did not survive.”

The elephant died 25 days after it was first attacked.

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