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Pregnant Elephant Electrocuted In Chhattisgarh

Pregnant Elephant Electrocuted In Chhattisgarh

Two elephants were electrocuted when they came in contact with electric wires enclosing a sugarcane field in the district of Surajpur, Chhattisgarh.

Photo: Sandeep Pal.

In a traumatic incident, two elephants were electrocuted in the wee hours of January 3, 2017, when they came in contact with electric wires enclosing a sugarcane field in the district of Surajpur, Chhattisgarh.

The most distressing part about the torturous death of this elephant pair was revealed after the post-mortem. It was found that the female elephant was in the last stages of pregnancy, just a few days away from giving birth. The dead calf was then removed from the mother’s womb.

The farmer, a local from Bagda village, had laid the electric wires to protect his crops from regular crop raiding by elephants. The village falls under the Pratappur forest range. This area is seeing rising human-elephant conflict, with casualties on both sides.

Photo: Sandeep Pal.

Speaking to Sanctuary Nature Foundation, Sajal Madhu, founder of the Chhattisgarh-based Hathi Bachao Sangharsh Samithi, said, “Elephants getting electrocuted is a recurring problem in this area. Other than such cases of retaliation, elephants are often killed unintentionally too, as they get caught in electric wire traps set up by tribals for bush meat.”

     
     
     

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