Remains of an elephant, believed to be an ancient one, have been found in a pond at Satkhira's Debhata upazila recently.
Debhata police, on information, recovered the elephant's remains – mainly the bones of its legs and spine – and temporarily preserved those in their custody.
“We have seized the remains and are trying to hand over those to authorities concerned,” said Debhata police station's Officer-in-Charge Mamun ur Rashid on Friday.
Interestingly, forest officials said they were unaware of the matter until last evening, while the remains were discovered the previous day.
When contacted in the evening around 6pm, Maksud Al Hasan, assistant forest conservator of the Sundarbans (west zone), said: “We have no idea of the remains being found.”
He said that they would verify the news and then take measures duly.
According to locals, labourers on Thursday found something hard while digging a pond belonging to Sheikh Abdul Hamid of the upazila's Korha village.
While failing to keep digging in, the labourers pulled some hard substances out of the scene, said upazila parishad chairman, Abdul Gani, adding, it was finally confirmed that the found items were actually the remains of an elephant carcass.
“Remains, including skull and other bones, of an elephant were discovered in the same pond at least eight years ago, which were later sent to Dhaka” he said.
The upazila chairman suspects that the newly found remains belong to the same elephant.