By A Newsman
Siliguri, 10 September: TWO wild elephants have died at Kiran Chandra tea estate near Bagdogra in Siliguri sub-division. One of them is a female calf and the other is its mother.
Workers of the tea estate noticed the pachyderms lying dead beside the tea plantation today morning and alerted the Kurseong forest division under whose jurisdiction lies the area.
Carcass of the mother-daughter elephants were lying below a concrete electric pole that had titled because of their weight. Additional principal chief conservator of forest (north Bengal wildlife wing) P T Bhutia said that the two probably died after getting electrocuted.
A large herd of wild elephants has been roaming about the area for the past few days.
There is a dense forest adjacent to Kiran Chandra tea estate and the herd was crossing over to the forest late last night, when the calf probably slipped in the mud and got electrocuted after hitting the electric pole. The mother elephant got electrocuted while trying to rescue the calf.
Forest department staff retrieved the carcass from the spot and they would be cremated deep into the forest after the mandatory post-mortem.