Deputy Director, STR, Jagyandatt Pati said the tusker was around eight years old and there was no sign of injury. The tusks were also intact, he added. The carcass was spotted by some forest officials on Wednesday and since then they had been keeping a watch on it to protect the tusks. The cause of death is suspected to be anthrax, Pati said.
A team of officials, led by Pati and including Assistant Conservator Forest (ACF) Arun Kumar Biswal, veterinary surgeon of STR Piyush Kumar Soren, a veterinary team from Jasipur, another team from Orissa University of Agriculture Technology (OUAT), Bhubaneswar, honorary wildlife wardens Kishore Kumar Mandal and Chakradhara Hembram rushed to the spot.
Blood samples have been collected and sent to Animal Disease Research Institute, Cuttack to ascertain the exact cause of death. The carcass was buried after autopsy.
Pati said all those elephants which died between the age of 8 and 15 were due to anthrax. The facts come to light after laboratory tests, he added.
Decomposed gharial carcass found
Sonepur: Decomposed carcass of a gharial was found on the bank of river Mahanadi at Ghodaghatpada in Sonepur town on Thursday. The carcass was spotted by some boys who had gone there for a bath. Villagers said there are four gharials in the river. They apprehend that this gharial might have died due to blasting of explosives by the fishermen in the river. Divisional Forest Officer, Sonepur, Debarchan Behera said it has still not been ascertained from where the carcass flowed into Sonepur.