In a tragic incident an injured elephant, undergoing treatment for about one month from forest department veterinary doctors , died in Khitama in district Udham Singh Nagar on Wednesday. As the elephant had suffered grave injury from a male tusker in territorial fight, the treatment failed to make the jumbo walk again.

Villagers found the injured elephant lying at Kilpura forest range and informed the forest department on 16 January. The jumbo was in critical condition and the forest department decided to conduct on the spot treatment. For one month a team of veterinary doctors was engaged in the special operation. Forest staff was deployed to look after the elephant and provide necessary care.

Photo: Injured elephant at Khatima in Udham Singh Nagar.

Uttarakhand’s Conservator of Forests (Western Circle- Kumaon) Dr. Parag Madhukar Dhakate, says, “The injury on neck and brain was grave and despite making best possible efforts the jumbo died today at 7.30 am.“

After the veterinary doctor posted at the range, experts were called from Corbett National Park. Very recently veterinary doctors from Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology treated the injured elephant.

For one month the local people were concerned about the health of the elephant. The declining condition created sympathy for the injured jumbo in the area. The elephant was cremated on Wednesday.