GUWAHATI: Samples collected from the 18 elephant which were found dead in the hills of Kathiatoli range of Nagaon forest division were still being examined to ascertain the cause of their mysterious death, said the Assam government on Saturday.
A preliminary report suspected that the pachyderm died due to the sudden lightning strike.
“After a thorough examination of the carcasses and based on circumstantial evidence, the team of experts and officials suggested that the cause of death of these elephants, which appeared to be part of a herd, could be due to the strike of lightning. However, the samples collected after post mortem by the team are being further examined for micro-biological and toxicological aspects in the laboratory,” said an official communiqué issued by the state government.
The statement said that the freak natural incident was also being corroborated based on meteorological reports.
“Detailed examination of carcasses was carried out and viscera and other samples were collected for forensic investigation. After these examinations a final report on the incident would be made public,” it said.
The chief wildlife warden constituted a committee along with a panel of veterinarians with direction to carry out an investigation into the death of 18 wild elephant. The Committee started its investigation from Friday at the site.