A male wild elephant was killed after it was knocked down on the tracks by a freight train near Deepor Beel Sanctuary on the outskirts of the city. The incident took place around 3.30 a.m. on Sunday.
A female elephant in advanced stages of pregnancy delivered a calf after it was hit by the Guwahati-bound train. After delivering the calf, the injured female crossed the tracks and disappeared into the nearby jungle.
Forest staff rescued the calf and took it to the Assam State Zoo here. Divisional Forest Officer, Assam State Zoo Narayan Mahanta told The Hindu that the rescued newborn was stable.
Assam accounts for about 37 per cent cases of elephant mortality in India, the highest in the county followed by West Bengal, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand. The tracks of the Guwahati Forest Division have been recorded as the deadliest.