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Flood Elephant Washed Into Bangladesh Dies After Months-Long Saga

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Bangladeshi villagers gather as wildlife experts attend to a fully grown Indian elephant that washed up in a swamp after being caught up in raging floodwaters in Jamalpur district, some 150 kilometers (94 miles) north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Aug.14, 2016. (AP Photo)

By    |   Wednesday, 17 Aug 2016 02:52 PM

A flood carried an elephant from India to Bangladesh in June but the animal reportedly died on Tuesday.

The elephant died while wildlife officials from the northern Bangladesh district of Jamalpur tried to move it to a safari park outside of Dhaka so it could be rehabilitated, according to the Hindustan Times.

The Times had reported that the animal had been under "severe distress" and had damaged property and crops. The elephant was tranquilized on Aug. 11 by Bangladesh forestry officials but it became distressed again and charged into a pond before falling unconscious.

"It breathed its last at around 7 a.m.," Bangladesh's chief wildlife conservator Ashit Ranjan Paul told AFP. "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. But our luck is bad."

Paul said the elephant traveled from Assam in northeastern India after flooding there forced it to be separated from its herd. Local villagers saved the four-ton animal from drowning once it reached northern Bangladesh, initially making the rescue a feel good story.

"In the end it became too tired by traveling such a great length," Paul told AFP. "It had been separated from its herd for some two months and did not get the nutrients that it needed."

The Hindustan Times said the elephant appeared okay on Sunday but likely became dehydrated after days stuck in a swamp. Officials said that local authorities had started to give the elephant food, and some complained that the forest officials mishandled rescue efforts.

"I don't agree. Temperature is very high now," Bangladesh forest official Asim Mallick told the Times. "Elephants cannot bear too much heat. It was very feeble after of weeks of struggle for survival. We gave it normal food. It was eating those. We tried our best."

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