Flood-stranded Indian elephant dies
Jamalpur: A wild elephant, which was swept away by flood water and strayed for about 1,000km from India’s Assam to the northern region of Bangladesh over the last one and a half month, died in Jamalpur early on Tuesday.
The elephant, which was named as Bangabahadur, died at about 6:30am at the village of Kayra village at Sharishabari upazila, said forest department’s veterinary Surgeon Syed Hossain
The flood-stranded elephant fall sick on 15 August afternoon, as the rescuers wanted few more days to shift the wild elephant from Jamalpur.
On 28 June, the elephant was swept away with the floodwater of the trans-boundary Brahmaputra River from Assam of India to Kurigram district at Roumari border.
It wondered across Bogra, Sirajganj, finally into Dewanganj of Jamalpur district along the Brahmaputra and the Jamuna rivers for about one and half months, looking for shelter and food while struggling against the floodwater.
On 3 August, a three-member Indian team came to Bangladesh to give support to a 17-member Bangladeshi team for the rescue of the elephant.
Finally, the elephant took shelter at Koyra village from where it has been put under human control.
On 11 August, the stray wild elephant was tied in ropes with trees after its rescue following tranquilisation from a local pond at Kayra village in Sharishabari upazila.
On 13 August, Bangabahadur tore off its shackles but the rescuers with the help of the villagers managed to keep it captive again in their bid to be able to transport it out of human habitation.