The Assam Forest Department will engage experts to find out pragmatic and scientific ways to save elephants from lightning.
Experts have come up with this move after 18 elephants died last month due to lightning in the Barhampur area of Nagaon district. The post-mortem carried out by a six-member team of veterinarians headed by Deputy Conservator of Forests KK Deori has confirmed that jumbos died due to “accidental electrocution by lightning.”
According to the experts that one of the carcasses had “charred marks” on the ear and a “burnt streak” over the left shoulder blade. Another had similar marks on its footpad.
The report of histopathology said that the lesions were “suggestive of high-intensity electrical burn injuries.”
Forest official said, “We will engage experts to find out pragmatic and scientific ways to prevent similar deaths. Possibilities of installing anti-lightning devices along the elephant corridors and jumbo-inhabited areas will be explored.”