An injured tusker Bahadur lost its life on Wednesday after battling for three months at Nameri National Park.
It was a fierce attack by wild elephant three months back that left Bahadur critically injured. Bahadur received severe injury on head when the wild elephant attacked him near 14 mile camp at Nameri National Park. Bahadur was brought to Nameri for treatment. Veterinary doctors were treating the injured elephant for the last three months.
It is suspected that the ill-fated elephant was once again attacked by a tiger on Tuesday night. In the attack Bahadur received severe injury on his trunk. However, all efforts to cure Bahadur which was a little over 40 years of age went in vein.
Nameri National Park is located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in the Sonitpur District of Assam, India, about 40 kilometres from Tezpur and the third national park in Assam. The Pakhui (Pakke) Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh adjoins the Park on its North-Eastern point. Together they constitute an area of over 1000 km 2 of semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests with cane and bamboo brakes and narrow strips of open grassland along rivers. Nameri is a bird lovers’paradise with over 300 species of birds.
The area is criss-crossed by the river Jia- Bhoroli and its tributaries namely the Diji, Dinai, Doigurung, Nameri, Dikorai, Khari etc. A few jheels (during the rainy seasons) also dot the area. The inaccessibility and continuity with the neibouring forest areas have helped the wildlife of Nameri to flourish. There is a good prey base in the form of Sambar, Barking deer, Hog Deer, Wild Boar and Gaur. About 3000 domestic cattle also form part of this prey base for Tiger and Leopards.
Nameri and Sonai-Rupai are only Protected Areas in the North Bank of the Brahmaputra in the Civil District of Sonitpur.