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Lightning suspected of killing 18 Asiatic elephants in India

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Lightning is believed to have killed a herd of 18 wild Asiatic elephants in remote northeastern India, a forest official said Friday.

Lightning is believed to have killed a herd of 18 wild Asiatic elephants in remote northeastern India, a forest official said Friday.

The elephants, including five calves, were found dead during rains in the protected Kondali forest reserve, wildlife official Jayanta Goswami said.

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The forest guard reached the remote area Thursday and found 14 elephants dead atop a hill and four at its bottom.

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Preliminary reports by veterinarians said the elephants were struck by lightning, but Goswami said autopsies were being done to ascertain the exact cause of death.

The reserve is in Assam state’s Nagaon district, 150 kilometers east of Gauhati, the state capital.

Vets check the dead bodies of wild elephants, suspected to have been killed by lightning in the Nagaon district of Assam state in India on May 14, 2021.

Assam is home to an estimated 6,000 or more wild Asiatic elephants who constantly come out of the forests in search of food.

Conservationists have urged the government to prevent encroachment of people and to establish free corridors for the elephants to move between forests safely.

In recent years, wild elephants have entered villages, destroyed crops and even killed people.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/lightning-suspected-of-killing-18-asiatic-elephants-in-india/93682c36-affd-458f-a129-0a5aa49c5f16

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