Vikash Sharma

A team of experts from Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) reached Ranpur range in Nayagarh district for the treatment of the injured elephant.

As per initial reports, the wild tusker has developed an infection following an injury. The exact reason behind the injury is still unclear. There are speculations that the injury was caused by bullet fired by poachers. Only after proper treatment and investigation, a clear picture is likely to emerge.

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The five-member expert team started treatment after tranqulising the injured elephant. Khordha DFO and other senior officials of the Forest department are also at the spot.

It is pertinent to mention here that some local residents had spotted the injured animal near Kanchanpur village under this range on Saturday. It was earlier alleged that no step was initially taken by the forest department even though the information regarding the injured elephant was provided to them. As the elephant was too weak to feed on its own, local residents had also expressed concern over its survival.