Cuttack: A sick elephant was found lying near a farmland at Haladibasanta village under Dalijoda forest range in Cuttack district on Saturday.
According to sources, the jumbo was part of a seven-elephant herd that ventured into the village area two days ago. But the tusker could not join its herd further as it taken till.
Though the pachyderm herd came back for the lone member, they were unable to take him back into the nearby forest and left, said a source.
The locals spotted the ill pachyderm this morning and alerted the forest officials.
As per available information, forest department officials have reached the spot along with veterinary doctors and efforts to treat the tusker is underway, sources said.