Carcass of another jumbo calf recovered, second in two days in Odisha's
The New Indian Express
September 28, 2022
Recovery of carcasses of two elephant calves in Mayurbhanj’s Baripada
territorial forest division in the last 24 hours has raised concern among
wildlife experts. A day after carcass of a calf was found in Kaptipada
range within Similipal National Park, another baby elephant was found dead
in Jafri forest on Monday.
Locals who had gone to collect sal leaves, spotted the calf’s carcass in
Jafri forest, a few kilometres from Similipal. Divisional forest officer
(DFO) of Baripada Santosh Kumar Joshi said he was informed about the
recovery of the carcass at around 11.30 pm. Immediately, forest personnel
from Bangiriposi range rushed to the spot.
The calf is around two-month-old. A herd of elephants from Similipal in
Mayurbhanj district and another from Jharkhand are roaming in the forests
of Bangiriposi and nearby ranges. It is suspected that the calf was
trampled to death during a fight among the members of an elephant herd, the
Veterinary teams from Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) and Bangiriposi
performed autopsy following which the carcass was buried in presence of
forest officials. The exact reason behind the calf’s death can be
ascertained after the autopsy report arrives, Joshi added.
On Sunday, forest dwellers had found the carcass of a five-month-old
elephant calf while collecting mushrooms in Nato forest. After visiting the
spot and examining the carcass, forest officials suspected that the male
calf was killed due to infighting among elephants.