Elephant carcass found

Baripada: The carcass of an 11-year-old tusker was today found inside Sapnachua forest under Dukura range in Mayurbhanj district, a forest official said.

Both tusks of the pachyderm were found intact and there was no external injury, Baripada DFO Sanjay Swain said.

Forest officials, however, suspect that the elephant, which had destroyed paddy in nearby fields, might have been poisoned.

Swain said the cause of the tusker’s death could be ascertained only after the autopsy.