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2 wild elephants killed in mishaps in Assam

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Two more wild elephants died today in Assam's Nagaon and Udalguri districts, forest department sources said.

The first case is of a three-year-old male calf which fell into a deep drain in Amsoi Tea Estate after getting separated from its herd on the Morigaon-Nagaon district border last night. The herd was coming from Amsoi hills in Meghalaya.

The calf was suffocated to death at around 8 A.M. Today as it got buried under loose earth which fell on her while her mother tried to rescue it by digging up the ground with her trunk, locals said.

Meanwhile, in Udalguri district, a male adult jumbo was electrocuted at Nalapara in the Borangajuli revenue circle in the Indo-Bhutan area.

The elephant, which had come out of Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary on the foothills of Himalayas, died after it came in contact with high-tension wires, forest officials said.

There is an allegation that electric kept exposed and electric poles bent down by locals so as to harm rampaging wild elephants when they approach human settlements in search of food.

The elephant calf's death in the Assam-border is the third such case in the last two months.

A male pachyderm had died near Jagiroad in Sonaikuchi Hill Track in May while another was killed in the Sitajakhala Hill Track area last month.

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