Kamakhyanagar: An ailing tusker which was under treatment at Patharkhamb village under Kamakhyanagar West (KNW) Forest Range in Dhenkanal district died on Saturday.
Confirming the elephant death, KNW Ranger Bibhudanand Mishra said the elephant was found dead near the foothills of Landabir area. The pachyderm was 40 at the time of death, he added.
Notably, the elephant was spotted in critical condition by forest officials near Landabir hill on July 29 following which they have rescued it by firing tranquilizers. Though the elephant had been released in the forest after required medication at that time, it was under constant observation by forest officials due to an ongoing treatment.
Meanwhile, Veterinary officials have reached the spot and examined the dead pachyderm.