There was a scare among the people in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal as a mother elephant, accompanied by a big herd, carried her dead calf through the tea gardens in the area on Friday, according to forest officials.
"The herd of over 30 elephants travelled at least 7 km from one garden to another, causing panic among the people," an officer said.
The calf died on Friday morning at Chunabhati tea garden in Banarhat block in the Dooars region. The mother picked up the dead calf with her trunk and moved from one tea garden to another along with her herd, forest officials said.
The herd moved from Chunabhati to Ambari tea garden, Diana tea garden and Newdooars tea garden before laying the calf's body near a bush at Redbank tea garden.
Forest personnel have reached the area and are keeping a close watch on the situation.