In a tragic incident, ‘Rowdy Ranga’, an elephant of the Mathigodu Elephant Camp in Nagarhole, died after being hit by a private bus in the early hours of Monday. The incident took place about 200 metres away from the elephant camp on the Mysuru- Kannur State highway around 3.30 am. According to the Forest Department officials, the incident occurred due to the negligence of the bus driver, as he was found to be speeding on the road. As soon as the camp staff got to know of the accident, they rushed to the spot and detained the driver.
The bus was reportedly travelling from Kannur to Bengaluru. 46-year-old Ranga was severely injured in the incident in the hip and the back. Veterinary doctors from the Rajiv Gandhi National Park attended to the elephant. However, in spite of attempts to treat Ranga, he breathed his last at around 7.30 am on Monday. Ranga was brought to the elephant camp in Nagarhole around three years ago from Bannerghatta National Park limits in Ramanagara. Police officials from Ponnampet Police Station are investigating the incident.