Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Balasore, Dec 4:

A herd of over 70 wild elephants – 15 calves and eight tuskers created panic in four villages in Balasore district of Odisha on Sunday.

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According to reports, the herd from Jharkhand entered into Tulasi Diha, Bayarsahi, Jaribali and Hatimunda villages near Gopalpur forests in the district early morning toady creating a panic situation among the villagers.

Elephants are entering the area during this period for last few years from neighbouring state Jharkhand after return of a tusker visiting the jungle. This time also the herd came a week after a tusker’s visit to the area.

The forest department has kept a vigil on the herd’s movement.