A wild elephant was found dead on a farm near Ohn Paing Village, Thabeikkyin Township, Mandalay Region, around 5:50 pm on Saturday.
Locals found the carcass of the female elephant and alerted a combined team comprising members of the police and the township Forest Department.
The combined team arrived at the scene and examined the carcass. According to officials, the elephant was about 40 years old, and measured 9 feet in height and 11 feet in length. The carcass had decomposed, and showed no signs of external injuries, they said. Officials found five 33-KV electric wire lines, supplied by the Zayat Kwin power station, hanging overhead, at a height of 12 feet. So, they have assigned electrocution as the preliminary cause of death. A veterinary surgeon will ascertain the cause of death soon.
The authorities have also informed the Myanma Timber Enterprise in Sintgu and the Zayat Kwin power station.
The forestry department recently offered to launch an conservation education campaign on wildlife for local residents.
—Kyaw Kyaw (Mahlaing) (Translated by Hay Mar)