Lightning suspected to have killed 18 elephants found in Indian forest reserve – fr

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Lightning suspected to have killed 18 elephants found in Indian forest reserve – fr


Lightning reportedly killed a herd of 18 wild Asian elephants in northeast India, a forestry official said on Friday.
The elephants, including five calves, were found dead during the rains in the Kondali Protected Forest Reserve, said Jayanta Goswami, head of wildlife. The ranger reached the remote area on Thursday and found 14 elephants dead on top of a hill and four at its bottom.

Preliminary reports from vets say the elephants were struck by lightning, but Goswami said autopsies were underway to determine the exact cause of death.

The reserve is located in Nagaon District, Assam State, 150 kilometers east of Gauhati, the state capital.

A forestry official uses an ax to remove the trunk of a dead elephant, which forestry officials say may have died from a lightning strike, in the foothills of the forest area of ​​the Kundoli reserve in the Nagaon district in northeastern state of Assam, India on May 14, 2021. (Anuwar Hazarika / Reuters)

Assam is home to around 6,000 or more wild Asian elephants that constantly come out of the forests in search of food.

Environmentalists have urged the government to prevent encroachment of populations and establish free corridors for elephants to move between forests safely. In recent years, wild elephants have entered villages, destroyed crops and even killed people.

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