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Five elephants found dead in West Bengal

Five elephants have been found dead near West Bengals Buxa Tiger Reserve, 770 km from Kolkata.

Kumargram (West Bengal), May 5 : Five elephants have been found dead near West Bengal's Buxa Tiger Reserve, 770 km from Kolkata.

Although the exact reason of their death is not known as yet, forest officials denied suspicious death, saying lightning may have caused the causality.

"It seems like a clear case of lightning. The way the bodies are lying. Any other reason of death is very unlikely," said Subhankar Sengupta, Deputy Field Director of the Buxa Tiger Reserve.

However, reports said an investigation would be conducted.

The villagers of Kumargram block in Jalpaiguri District informed the forest officials after noticing the bodies lying on the banks of Raidak River yesterday.

According to the forest officials, about 17 elephants have died in the region due to various reasons since January this year.

Elephants are a protected and endangered species in India, with the country having nearly half of the world's 60,000 Asian elephants.

But conservationists say the pachyderm population has fallen rapidly in recent years because of loss of habitat as a result of human encroachment into forest areas, leading to human-elephant conflicts.

According to the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI), only male Asian elephants bear tusks, and the demand for ivory has led to the selective slaughter of tuskers in their prime.


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