Kaptai (Rangamati) representative Published: November 6, 2023, 05:41 pm
The elephant that died in Raikhali of Kaptai Upazila of Rangamati died of cardiac arrest. This is what came up in the postmortem report of the elephant, said animal experts.
The death of the elephant, however, was initially suspected to be due to stroke by forest and wildlife officials. The post-mortem report finally found the truth.
Kaptai Upazila Livestock Officer confirmed the cause of death of the elephant. Enamul Haque Hazari said, ‘Initially we did not see any sign of injury on the elephant. Then, together with the veterinary surgeons of Rangunia and Kaptai Eco-parks, I saw that the cause of death could be stroke. After collecting samples of different parts of the elephant, it was found that the elephant died of cardiac arrest after the autopsy.
This animal expert also said that usually an elephant weighs around 4 tons. The food they eat every day, elephants do not get so much food in the forests of Chittagong Hill Tracts. The effects of lack of food in the forest and the extreme heat of the elephant can lead to stroke.
According to local sources, local people saw the wild elephant lying in Ward No. 4 Motipara Kanthalatli area of Raikhali Union of Kaptai Upazila of Rangamati around 8 am on October 12 (Thursday). Later that day, after completing the GD and post-mortem in the case of the death of the elephant, the forest department buried the ground. The dead Asian female elephant is estimated to be 30 years old, forest and wildlife officials said. An elephant’s life span is 60-70 years, but this elephant died within half of its life span.
Incidentally, in 2015, two wild elephants died due to electrocution in Jivatali, Sadar Upazila of Rangamati. After 2015, another wild elephant died in Rangamati on October 12 this year at Kaptai in the district. Since 2015, there have been no reports of death of elephants in Rangamati, but many have died in elephant attacks.