Earlier this month 18 elephants were killed in Assam and the histopathology and technical report suggests lightening to the cause.
So far, poisoning had been thought to be the cause but that possibility has been rules out by the report and the final investigation can be expected in few days on these deaths that happened on May 13.
“We received report of the histopathology tests conducted by the department of pathology, College of Veterinary Science, Assam Agricultural University (AAU), on Sunday. This more or less confirms lightning as cause of the death of the elephants,” said Vasanthan, the Divisional Forest Officer of Nagaon.
This report was made by Prof SM Tamuli and his assistant prof. A Deka. “We examined the tissues and other materials provided by the forest department and found desquamation of the keratinized layer (peeling off of the external layer of the skin,” said Prof Tamuli.
Around the site where the bodies of elephants were found, many lightning strikes had happened between 5:30 am on May 12 and 5:30 am on May 13.