Kalahandi: One more elephant calf was found dead near a nullha at Ghusurigudi in Karlapata wildlife sanctuary. With this, the jumbo death toll here rose to seven within a gap of 20 days.
A decomposed carcass of an elephant calf was found at Ghusuriguda under the sanctuary limits. The death was caused due to suspected haemorrhagic septicaemia, sources said.
Carcasses of five pachyderms were recovered from Ghusurigudi while one from Tentulipadar in the sanctuary.
A three-member team of experts who visited the elephant death sites in Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary in Kalahandi district today concluded that high-stress level in elephants body led to the outbreak of septicaemia resulting in the death of the pachyderms.
The team visited sensitive places including Tentulipadar and Ghusurigudi villages from where the carcasses of the elephants had been recovered.
Earlier, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had reviewed the situation and directed forest officials to take adequate measures to prevent elephant deaths in the sanctuary.