Ele­phant that trav­elled 1700km dies

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AN ele­phant thought to have trav­elled at least 1700 kilo­me­tres (1050 miles) from In­dia into Bangladesh af­ter be­com­ing sep­a­rated from its herd by floods died yes­ter­day de­spite last­ditch ef­forts to save him.

The dis­tressed an­i­mal was tran­quil­lised three times in some­times dra­matic bids to try to trans­port it to a sa­fari park in Bangladesh, af­ter it washed across the bor­der by the floods in late June.

It was even­tu­ally given huge amounts of saline and chained in a paddy field in a north­ern vil­lage to help him re­cover, but it was “too weak and tired” from its or­deal, of­fi­cials said.

“It breathed its last at around 7am,” the gov­ern­ment’s chief wildlife con­ser­va­tor Ashit Ran­jan Paul said.

“We have given our high­est ef­fort to save the an­i­mal. At least 10 for­est rangers, vets and po­lice­men have con­stantly fol­lowed it for the last 48 days. But our luck is bad,” he said.

Mr Paul said the an­i­mal likely trav­elled more than 1700km from the northeastern In­dian state of As­sam af­ter be­ing sep­a­rated from its herd in se­vere flood­ing.

The an­i­mal ran amok and charged into a pond af­ter Bangladesh for­est of­fi­cials hit it with a tran­quil­liser dart on Au­gust 11.

Lo­cal vil­lagers jumped into the pond to save the 4-tonne an­i­mal from from top­pling into the wa­ter and drown­ing. –

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