Lightning is believed to have killed a herd of 18 wild Asiatic elephants in distant northeastern India, a forest official mentioned Friday.
The elephants, together with 5 calves, have been discovered lifeless throughout rains within the protected Kondali forest reserve, wildlife official Jayanta Goswami mentioned. The forest guard reached the distant space Thursday and located 14 elephants lifeless atop a hill and 4 at its backside.
Preliminary reviews by veterinarians mentioned the elephants have been struck by lightning, however Goswami mentioned autopsies have been being finished to establish the precise explanation for dying.
The reserve is in Assam state’s Nagaon district, 150 kilometres east of Gauhati, the state capital.
Assam is residence to an estimated 6,000 or extra wild Asiatic elephants who continually come out of the forests looking for meals.
Conservationists have urged the federal government to forestall encroachment of individuals and to determine free corridors for the elephants to maneuver between forests safely. In latest years, wild elephants have entered villages, destroyed crops and even killed individuals.