An elephant with its tusks missing and a part of its trunk severed was found lying in a mud pit in lower Assam’s Goalpara district on Thursday.
It was seen writhing in pain at the foot of the Pancharatna hill under Goalpara forest range by the locals, who informed the police and forest officials.
Forest officials came with veterinarians, who gave the injured jumbo two injections, official sources said.
A rescue team from Guwahati has been rushed to the area to bring out the elephant safely from the mud pit and provide it medical treatment.
The Forest Department said the elephant was injured during a fight with another jumbo.
However, the locals claim the animal was wounded by poachers who sawed away its tusks and the tip of its trunk. — PTI