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SILIGULI – Two elephants were colourfully mourned by a community in the Indian state of West Bengal where the animal is revered as sacred god-like.

The elephant and her calf both perished near the Kiranchandra Tea Garden, near Siliguli, after becoming trapped in electrical wiring.

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The calf had initially got stuck in the live wires before the mother came to rescue her calf and also died, according to local blog ilovesiliguli.

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The dead animals were brightly decorated with flowers as part of the send-off.

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Pictures show a circle of people standing around the elephants as they form a makeshift funeral.