Thirty six hours after an elephant calf kept forest officials away from approaching its dead mother, they finally managed to wean it away by offering it some food and then did the post mortem of the pachyderm.
The exercise continued till this morning, police said.
As a last resort, officials kept banana, sugarcane and jackfruit at some distance from the carcass to wean away the calf. While it was busy eating them, the post mortem was done at around one PM, they said.
Internal injury and resultant bleeding due to a fall and inability to consume food was said to be the reason for the death.
The carcass was buried at the spot.