ELEPHANT THAT TRAVELLED FROM INDIA TO BANGLADESH IN FLOODS DIES 2 WEEKS ON OF HEART ATTACK




An elephant that travelled at least 1,000 miles from India into Bangladesh after becoming separated from his herd by flood waters has died from a heart attack despite desperate efforts to save his life.
The distressed animal named ‘Bangabahadur,’ loosely translated to mean ‘the Hero of Bengal,’ was swept into the floodwaters caused by the heavy downpours which have flooded large parts of eastern India since the monsoon season began in June.
The fully-grown male weighing about four tonnes was given large amounts of saline to help him recover, but the animal was found to be too exhausted.
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A tranquillised wild female elephant lies on the ground after being pulled from a pond by Bangladesh forest officials and villagers in the Jamalpur district, some 150 kms north of capital Dhaka
A tranquillised wild female elephant lies on the ground after being pulled from a pond by Bangladesh forest officials and villagers in the Jamalpur district, some 150 kms north of capital Dhaka
The elephant was swept about 1000 kilometres down a river in Bangladesh after being carried away by flood waters
The elephant was swept about 1000 kilometres down a river in Bangladesh after being carried away by flood waters
‘We have given our highest effort to save the animal. At least 10 forest rangers, vets and policemen have constantly followed it for the last 48 days,’ the government’s chief wildlife conservator Ashit Ranjan Paul said.
In Bangladesh, the elephant was tired and weak from its struggle across the borders, when it reached Bangladesh’ Jamalpur district during the last week of June.
The elephant is believed to have walked around villages and marshes searching for food when it became dehydrated. 
The animal was trailed by curious locals and local police were needed to control the growing crowd, the Press Trust of India reported.
Officials eventually decided the elephant needed to be transported and with the help of locals they tranquilized it three times to bring it closer to a road and away from a swamp in a bid to transport it to a safari park.
The elephant is thought to have travelled 1,000 kilometres from India into Bangladesh after becoming separated from its herd by floods was stopped in its tracks August 11
The elephant is thought to have travelled 1,000 kilometres from India into Bangladesh after becoming separated from its herd by floods was stopped in its tracks August 11
In a dramatic rescue that nearly ended in disaster, the distressed female ran amok after it was hit by a tranquilliser dart and charged into a pond
In a dramatic rescue that nearly ended in disaster, the distressed female ran amok after it was hit by a tranquilliser dart and charged into a pond
It was only saved from drowning with the help of local villagers who jumped in to keep it from toppling into the water
It was only saved from drowning with the help of local villagers who jumped in to keep it from toppling into the water
The distressed elephant ran amok after it was hit by the tranquilliser darts and instead charged into a pond.
The elephant was only saved from drowning with the help of local villagers who jumped in to keep it from toppling into the water, according to a local vet.   
‘In the end it became too tired by travelling such a great length. It had been separated from its herd for some two months and did not get the nutrients that it needed,’ Mr Paul said.
‘Thousands of villagers followed it everyday as it entered into Bangladesh and then travelled to villages and river islands across the Brahmaputra river.’ 
The elephant reportedly died on Tuesday as a result of a heart attack – its internal organs have been sent to a government laboratory to be tested. 
 The elephant reportedly died as a result of a heart attack - its internal organs have been sent to a government laboratory to be tested
 The elephant reportedly died as a result of a heart attack – its internal organs have been sent to a government 

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