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Lightning is thought to be the culprit in the death of a herd of 18 Asiatic elephants in India, a forest official shared, the Associated Press reported. Autopsies are underway to find the exact cause of death.
18 elephants, including five calves, were found dead in the Kondali forest preserve recently. 14 were dead at the top of the hill and four at the bottom. The Kondali forest is located in the Assam state in northeastern India.
“A preliminary report suggests the deaths could be due to lightning, although we need to find out through forensic tests if there could be any other reason like poisoning or disease,” Assam’s forest and wildlife minister Parimal Suklabaidya said on Friday, per Reuters.
Deeply pained by the death of 18 elephants last night due to massive thunderstorm under Kothiatoli Range in Nagaon. I shall be visiting the site tomorrow morning along with PCCF(wildlife) & senior officials to take stock of the situation as directed by HCM Dr.@himantabiswa. pic.twitter.com/CxHqmUZFtv
— Parimal Suklabaidya (@ParimalSuklaba1) May 13, 2021
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