Poonam Singh

The jumbo found in Barsigaon forest of Narasinghapur (West) Forest Range under Athagarh forest division with a bullet wound near its ear actually has five gunshot wounds on its body, informed the veterinary physician treating the elephant on Thursday.

The BDO of Narsinghpur is on spot accompanying a veterinary expert from Satkoshia Forest Reserve, who are treating the jumbo after tranquillising it on Thursday.

According to reports, the wildlife experts and veterinarians carried out a medical check-up and detected 5 gunshot wounds near the left ear, leg, trunk and on two different parts of the body of the elephant.

It may be noted here, that the locals spotted the elephant moving in pain in the Bhramani Bit area under the Narsinghpur West forest range under Athagarh forest division and informed the forest officials about the ailing elephant.

On being informed. the Forest officials went on to search for the elephant to tranquilise it, However, sighting the officials, the tusker went deep into the forest.

However, the officials manage to tranquilise the tusker when it came again to the periphery of the forest.

Notably, another elephant, who had also sustained gunshots in the Jaipur section of Narasinghpur forest range , had died even after treatment on Tuesday.

Similarly, on June 14, a tusker was found with gunshot injuries near a rivulet in Narasinghapur forest range under Athagarh forest division in Cuttack district.