Terribly injured elephant found bleeding to death after tusks, trunk and tail had been chopped off by poachers
Lying in a pool of mud and slowly bleeding to death, this elephant is the latest victim of the rising global demand for ivory.
The helpless animal was discovered by locals in a paddy field in Kharmauza village, near Goalpara in India’s Assam region.
In a brutal attack, thought to have been carried out by poachers, the animals tusks, trunk and tail were removed.
Poached: This elephant was discovered in a puddle of mud in a paddy field in India’s Assam region. Locals said the elephants tusks, trunk and trail were removed by poachers
Eyewitnesses said that poachers had attacked the animal but that it was still alive, albeit in extreme pain.
A medical team has been tending to the elephant and a report on the incident will be submitted by the Chief Conservator of Forest within a day.
While locals were adamant that the attack was carried out by illegal poachers, the state’s Forest Minster told NDTV that it was a case of two male elephants fighting.
The case bears similarities to attacks in the region’s Kaziranga National Park, where rhinos have had their horns removed while still alive, before bleeding to death.
At risk: The number of deaths at the hands of poachers has risen due to an increased demand for ivory in Asia. Rhinos were attacked in Kaziranga National Park, Assam, recently, where these elephants were pictured (stock image)
Authorities said that automatic weapons had been used to kill the animals.
Poaching deaths have risen in recent years due to an increased demand for rhino horn and ivory in Asian countries.
India’s location and array of wildlife makes it particularly susceptible to poachers who can easily export the goods.
An operation is currently ongoing in the nearby Karbi Anglong hills, in which several poachers have been arrested. The poachers are thought to have links with traders in Nagaland and Burma.