Cuttack: Carcass of an elephant calf was found at Paikarapur village under Khuntuni range of Athagarh forest division in Cuttack on Wednesday morning.
The carcass was spotted by some locals the backyard of a villager’s house and informed forest officials, who reached the village under Mancheswar panchayat and started a probe.
Although the exact reason behind the death is yet to be ascertained, it is suspected that the 8-year-old female calf died of electrocution on Tuesday night. Sources said a vegetable farm near the spot was fenced with electric wires, which were removed immediately after the incident.
“The carcass has been buried after an autopsy by Athagarh Block Veterinary Officer (BVO) Susant Kumar Behera,” said Khuntuni Range Officer Ratnakar Das. Though preliminary veterinary investigation revealed that the calf was anaemic with roundworm infection, necessary steps have been taken for an autopsy and materials sent to OUAT, Das informed.