An elephant calf was found dead near Khuddisar forest area in Dumri block of the Giridih district on Saturday evening.
Forest official Rajiv Ranjan Kumar said that the calf was about two-year-old and prima facie it appears that the calf got stuck in an iron device and died.
According to forest official, a herd of 10 to 15 elephants, including the calf, was frequenting in Dumri region. Based on the information received about presence of elephants, a forest team went to the spot to guard the area and the herd proceeded after sometime.
The tracking team monitoring the herd returned to base after the elephants went off.
According to the information received, an elephant came from Narayanpur and fell into the ground, after which he died.
After the elephant fell on the ground, crowds of locals villagers gathered at the spot. On the information of the incident, the Forest Department officer Rajiv Ranjan and other forest staff arrived and took full information.
An eyewitness Nandlal Sharma said that the herd of elephants comes to this area on the day of the fall and people get scared after elephants arrive.
On Saturday evening, an elephant came from Narayanpur. After that, he reached the ground staggering and fell. When people arrived, they saw that the elephant could not breathe. Later the forest department was informed. Officials also reached and noticed that the possibility of death due to being trapped in iron device.
Forest official Rajeev Ranjan said that the dead elephant was an adult and was wandering in the area a few months ago with group of herds.
The villagers built a sanctuary for bats, during this time it was also roaming in the area of Sariya-Giridih-Dhanbad. A few days ago, he left for Dhanbad and in order to return from there, the elephant got caught in a pig catching machine. Due to being stuck in the same device, the trunk of the elephant got hurt a lot and he possibly died.
He said that now the veterinarians will come and full information will be revealed after the post-mortem.
SDPO Dumari Neeraj Kumar Singh said that a team of veterinarians that reached the spot on Sunday, included ACF Vishwanath Prasad of Giridih Forest Division in addition to RCCF Venkatashru of Bokaro and veterinarian from Hazaribagh.
Rajiv Ranjan Kumar an official of the forest department said that the reason for the elephant's death has come in the form of lack of oxygen and dehydration. While a team of doctors from Hazaribagh did a post-mortem of the dead elephant and revealed that the reason for the death of the elephant was asphyxiation.