A wild elephant apparently fell from a hill and died in Dariarnagar suburb of Cox's Bazar yesterday.
The elephant fell about 150 feet before hitting the ground around 3:00am yesterday.
Sarder Shariful Islam, assistant director of the Directorate of Environment (DoE), quoting locals said a herd of six elephants went to the hills near Veterinary University campus and one of them took the tumble.
The elderly male elephant died on the spot.
Ali Kabir, divisional forest officer of Cox's Bazar South Forest Division, said the area was known as a sanctuary for elephants. The hills had been cut and houses were built there, he said.
The upazila livestock official conducted an on-the-spot autopsy, Kabir said.
It was buried there.