Carcasses of two elephants recovered from Keonjhar forest
Keonjhar: In a case of suspected poaching, carcasses of two elephants were found from a reserve forest area of Keonjhar district on Sunday. Sources said the carcasses of a male elephant and a female elephant were found in Gurubeda reserve forest under Joda forest section of Keonjhar district.
The female elephant was around 20 years old and the carcass seemed to be lying there for more than a week. The male tusker, about 22 years old, was killed three days ago and the tusks were missing.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the two elephants might have been killed by the poachers. A manhunt has begun in the area to trace the poachers, forest officials said.
The death of the two elephants came two days after an elephant calf was found dead in Sundargarh district with injury marks on its neck. Primary investigation suggested that the calf fell into a trap laid to capture wild boars.