Thursday, March 23, 2017

Temple Elephant runs amok, mahout injured

A seven-year old elephant Avanija in Lord Venkateshwara temple ran amok here this afternoon injuring its mahout and created panic among the devotees..
The incident took place when the young elephant was to take part in Sahastra Deepalankarana Seva suddenly raced towards the pilgrims waiting in front for the temple, police said.

During the course, mahout, Gangaiah who managed to bring the elephant under control, was injured. However, no pilgrim was injured.

The mahout has been admitted to TTD-run Aswani hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Indian wild elephants damaged crop lands, houses in Roumari border

A herd of Indian wild elephant are being entered into Bangladesh territory at night and damaging standing crop lands and houses at Roumari border adjoining villages in Kurigram district and go back early in the morning during the last three days. The farmers are being frustrated.The elephants generally enter into Bangladesh territory at about 8pm to 10pm at Algarchar area crossing international main pillar no 1071 and damaged maize, sugarcane fields, Ropa Aman and many houses. The villagers however came out from their houses for the safe of lives and tried to go back those firing lamps, beating drums and blasting light bombs (Potka).The elephants entered into the houses and ate paddy, rice and mustard. They damaged whole night and went away early in the morning.Local political leader Rezaul Islam Minu told New Nation that there is no food in the Indian hill areas causing the wild elephants have been entering into Bangladesh territory through the gate to meet up their hungry for the last several days.

The elephants also damaged several shallow machines, he added. Hearing the news local law maker of Kurigram constituency-4 Ruhul Amin, former law maker Zakir Hossain, Roumari upazila Parishad chairman Mozibar Rahman Bangobashi, upazila Norhabi officer Abdullah Al Mamun Talukdar and Rejaul Islam visited at Khewarchar area.Local law maker said the herd of Indian wild elephant come from the hill and are damaging everyday. If it continues the farmers will not able to cultivate their respective lands.

The herd of elephants damaged at 10 villages including at Alger char, Khewarchar, Lathialdanga,Bokbanda,Barraibari and Jhaubari, several farmers said.Officer-in-charge of Roumari police station Ruhani told New Nation that the wild elephants enter into the gate. If any one bother them throwing stone and pieces of bricks they exactly damaged his house. It is a matter of surprised that how the elephant identified their respective houses, OC said.

It is mentioned here that while a herd of Indian wild elephant entered into Bangladesh territory about ten days back, one elephant died of heard failure in no man's land. Later the elephant was buried by Indian concern officials.

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Man-animal conflict increases as Kerala faces severe drought

As Kerala slips into an unprecedented drought, wild animals have started raiding human settlements in search of water and food, endangering lives of people settled in fringe areas of the forest.

Last week three people were gored to death by elephant herds in separate incidents in the forested Idukki and Wayanad districts.

In the drought-hit Wayanad — the north Kerala district saw 72% deficit rainfall during the last two monsoons — people say besides elephants, other animals like, bison, deer and boars, made regular incursions into their villages.

Pepper plantation worker Nagappan, 34, was gored to death by a tusker three days ago in the district. About one-third of the district has forest cover.

According to forest officials, usually nearly 800 elephants are spotted along the Kabani riverbanks, a favourite summer habitat of jumbos in the Nilagiris, but this year their numbers dwindled to 120 as the river has partially dried up.

“Devoid of food and water, the elephant herds have become aggressive. Small crackers or fire torches fail to deter them these days. Bison and deer are behaving like domesticated animals,” said Velayudhan, a farm labourer of Thalappadi in Wayanad.

Another farmer in Ambalavayal said he lost crops worth Rs 2 lakh in the last three weeks as animals raided his farm.

“Two weeks ago, a tusker strayed almost seven km inside the human settlement.

We dug up 12 small ponds deep in the forest to check this menace,” said Wayanad district collector, BS Thirumeni.

Fed up with monkey menace, a 52-year-old widow had committed suicide in Thiruvananthapruam last week following which forest officials put up monkey traps in the area. Her relatives claimed she resorted to the extreme step after her frequent pleas fell on deaf ears.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Enraged elephant charges at a terrified motorcyclist then smashes into nearby house after wandering into village in desperate search for water

This is the heart-stopping moment a rampaging elephant charged at a motorcyclist before smashing into a nearby house.

Footage showed the enraged mammal wreaking a path of destruction in Kanjicude village in Kerala, India, after wandering in from the wild.

Villagers said the elephant had left the Walayar Forest in desperate search for water, taking out anything in its path.

The thirsty elephant charged at anyone in sight before bulldozing the wall of a house.

Frightened locals can be heard in the video saying: 'How did it come here?

'Don't make any noise, let it go. Keep quiet! Keep quiet!'

The video, which was shot from the home of a local resident, shows the battered motorcyclist escaping the elephant on foot deserting his bike.

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Elephant tramples woman to death

Jhargram (WB), Mar 10 (PTI) A 40-year-old woman was today trampled to death by a stray elephant in Bhowdi jungle under Lalgarh police station of West Midnapore district, forest officials said.

Nuni Sabar had gone to collect dry leaves and woods early in the morning from the jungle where a herd of elephants had been staying for some days.

She came in front a stray elephant that lifted her with its trunk and flung her to the ground before trampling her to death, the officials said.
Sabar died instantaneously.

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Unique methods to keep elephants away from human settlements

Rourkela, Mar 12 (PTI) Unique methods like use of LED lights with siren and bio-acoustics are being used by Forest department to keep elephants away from human settlements in interior areas of Odisha’s Sundergarh district.

The new techniques are put to use as the wild animals have made life miserable for the residents in several areas like Hemgiri, Sabdega and other places, Forest officials said.

The jumbos demolish houses destroy standing crops like paddy and vegetables. Farmers appear to be more worried about protecting the paddy and other farm produces.

“We are now using some new techniques and plans are afoot to introduce some other methods for which we need government s approval,” said Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Sundergarh, Arun Kumar Mishra.

Amongst the techniques being used are LED lights with sirens, scare away guns and bio-acoustics. “The LED lights and sirens are being used after the experience in Jaspur in Chhattisgarh,” said the DFO.

The high power lights along with sirens are helping in scaring away the jumbos. However, these have limited effect.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Trenches along reserve forests planned to keep elephants away

Elephant-proof trenches will be dug along reserve forests on Lower Kodaikanal Hill at an estimated cost of ₹40 lakh to prevent entry of wild elephants into farms and protect standing crops, according to Collector T.G. Vinay.

Addressing a workshop on ‘New crop diversification options in coffee-based cropping system in south India’ held here on Tuesday, he said Forest Department had sent a proposal to this effect to the government. After getting government’s approval, the work would be undertaken, and digging of trenches would be completed within two or three months.

Solar fences would be erected on rocky terrains, where digging of trenches was not possible, at an estimated cost of ₹9 lakh, he said.

With shortage of water for irrigation on the hills, adoption of modern irrigation techniques and cultivation of low water-consuming crops were necessary. Drip and micro irrigation and introduction of high-yielding crops would make farming activity on Palani Hill remunerative, he added.

Mr. Vinay said farmers should act as a ‘pressure group’ to extract funds and schemes from the departments concerned. Similarly, growers of different crops and plants could form groups to avail themselves of schemes, he added.

With the introduction of tissue-cultured banana, cultivation of ‘Hill Banana’, which was almost wiped out from Lower Palani Hill owing to ‘Bunchy top disease’ attack, was restored and the area under cultivation of the variety had increased manyfold.

All possible help to improve production and yield would be extended to growers, he said.

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55-yr-old woman trampled to death by wild elephant

A 55-year-old woman was trampled to death by a wild elephant at an Adivasi colony near Aralam plantation in the district, police said.

The victim, identified as Ammini, had come out of her house at around 12.00 midnight to attend to nature’s call and saw the pachyderm standing beside a nearby bush.

She tried to run away, but the elephant gave chase and trampled her to death, police said.
She was rushed to Pariyaram Medical College hospital where doctors declared her brought dead.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Elephant calf found dead in Odisha

Berhampur (Odisha), Mar 4 (PTI) A three-month-old elephant calf was found dead today at Ghumusara North forest division area in Ganjam district, officials said.

According to the post-mortem report, the calf died due to aspiratory pneumonia and carcass of the animal was found near a pond in Pendarapalli, Divisional Forest officer Rama Swamy said.

“We had to wait for an hour to reach the body as other elephants, including the mother, were not leaving the dead baby elephant,” he said.

“The dead calf was surrounded by around 13 elephants.

Fire crackers were burst to disperse the elephants after which we conducted the post-mortem, the officer said.

This is the second such death in a week in Ganjam district. On February 26, a 65-year-old tusker was found dead in Kariamba forest, which falls under Ghumusara South forest division.
In May last year, an elephant calf had died due to sun stroke, in Ganjam district.

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Curb elephant deaths in Assam

Three days after the Indian Railways instructed its officials to reduce train speeds to 30 km per hour when crossing elephant corridors, a train engine killed three more elephants including a calf. The incident occurred between Kampur and Jamunamukh stations near Nagaon in Assam. This is the seventh elephant death on the railway tracks of Assam. Just about two weeks ago, three elephants, including two pregnant elephants and a juvenile, were killed at Hojai in the Nagaon district of Assam.

A day later, another elephant died after being hit by a train in Goalpara district. The continuing apathy of various authorities towards this increasing death toll of elephants is hard to fathom. This alarming rise in the number of elephant deaths in the state should be a wake-up call for the Indian Railways, the Forest Department and the District Administration in the state, requiring immediate action to put an end to this continuous horror, now playing out in Assam at a regular pace. The Assam government, Northeast Frontier Railways-Indian Railways, Project Elephant, and District Administrations need to make a concerted effort to immediately stop the tragic deaths. According to the WTI publication, Right of Passage-Elephant Corridors of India, 41% of elephant corridors are in north-east India and 25% of the elephant corridors in Assam have railway lines passing through them.

As elephants search for food and water, they roam over a large extent of area through villages and towns, crossing railway lines and farms. Linear infrastructure development near and in corridors that elephants use to move from one forest area to another, force them to cross railway tracks where they end up getting hit by trains. There are 27 identified elephant corridors under the Northeast Frontier Railway. However, elephant herds are also found to be now crossing railway tracks which are not earmarked as vulnerable. In light of this, a fresh assessment needs to be done to identify new vulnerable railway sections and an early warning system needs to be put into place immediately to reduce these casualties. WWF-India has been working in Assam for the last 15 years for the conservation of elephants and its habitat.

 Based on this experience, WWF India has the following recommendations for the government that should be put in place immediately: The Railways, Forest Department, State Governments and District Administration need to take up joint efforts including patrolling to monitor elephant movement near railway tracks. There needs to be a focussed and continuous awareness programme for railway staff in wildlife areas about the ‘right of passage’ of wildlife in such areas.

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Herd of elephants break open the gates at a Coimbatore School

According to the CCTV grab, it was seen that the security guard was rushing away to inform others, when he saw the wild elephants approaching towards the school gate.

A herd of four elephants broke open the gates of a school campus in Coimbatore, on Saturday evening. This incident was caught live on camera when they were trying to escape, walking one behind the other. They were four in number, including a calf. According to the CCTV grab, it was seen that the security guard was rushing away to inform others, when he saw the wild elephants approaching towards the school gate.

Last month, an elephant broke away the railway level crossing at Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary area in Jalpaiguri dist. in the Doars of West Bengal. The railway line passes through the reserve forest area where the adult male elephant encroached the forest and broke the gate. Staying there for sometime, he returned back to the forest. Chapramari area in Gorumara has over 160 wild elephants that are often spotted in the region, reported PTI. Trains passing through that route were not disrupted.

News of man-animal conflicts have often been reported. A 30-year old man was killed by a wild elephant last month when the poor victim was taking photos of a herd of pachyderms in the forests of Balrampur dist., in Chattisgarh. The deceased was later identified as Naseem Khan.

Another man in Chattisgarh got injured in an accident when local residents of Baskepi village were driving away a herd of 11 elephants, reported PTI. However, the kin of the deceased were given relief amount of Rs 25,000 by the Forest Department. While a compensation amount of Rs 3.75 lakh was disbursed to them within a week.

In 2016, an adult wild elephant entered the Udayagiri hills near Bhubaneswar, thereby breaking the boundary wall. Prior to this incident, the elephant also broke the boundary wall of a school in the wee hours of morning. The elephant came from the Bharatpurpur Reserve Forest.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Odisha elephant with scooter tyre in its leg runs away from Chandaka sanctuary

Since February 4, a dozen-odd forest officials of the sanctuary were on its heels trying to tranquilise the animal and get rid of the tyre, but had failed every time they tried.

The male tusker which was stomping around the 193 sq km Chandaka-Dompada wildlife sanctuary with a scooter tyre stuck to its front left leg since January, left the area last night for the neighbouring Athagarh forest division. Since February 4, a dozen-odd forest officials of the sanctuary were on its heels trying to tranquilise the animal and get rid of the tyre, but had failed every time they tried as the tusker went into hiding every time it saw humans.

But before the forest officials could tranquilise the tusker on March 12 taking advantage of the fullmooon night, the elephant last night crossed over to Athgarh forest division passing through Mahanadi. The Athgarh forest division is about 10-12 km away. “Our trackers today confirmed that the elephant has crossed over,” said Chandaka Dompada divisional forest officer Kedar Swain.

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36 killed by animals in Nigiris in 2 years

UDHAGAMANDALAM: Continuing reports of human deaths due to man-animal conflict in the Nilgiris have caused considerable angst for wildlife activists as well as the public in the hills. Thirty-six people were killed by wild animals in the Nilgiris in 2015-16. Forest officials attribute it to the change in land use pattern and crop cultivation close to reserve forest areas. Besides, despite being cautioned, local people mindlessly venture into forest lands.

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Sanitary worker trampled to death

Coimbatore, Mar 6 (PTI) A 55-year old sanitary worker was trampled to death by an elephant in Oomapalayam village in Mettupalayam in the district.

The worker, Bhadran, along with his wife Nanjammal was going home around 10.30 last night, when an elephant being chased by the villagers, attacked the worker and hurled him down with its trunk, police said.

Nanjammal managed to escape.

Though he was rushed to the Goevernment hospital here, Bhadran succumbed to injuries after some time, they said.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

That’s not a zebra crossing, it’s an elephant! Bored animal lifts the barriers so he can walk across train tracks

This adrenaline-junkie elephant decided life is too short to wait at level crossings.
The beast was taking a stroll just outside Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary in India's West Bengal state when he came across some train tracks blocked by a barrier.
But instead of waiting patiently for the barrier to be raised and unable to walk around it due to a metal fence, he simply picked it up with his trunk and sneaked under.

Baffled eyewitnesses saw the elephant making his merry way.
'The elephant carefully lifted the barrier with his trunk,' said Roni Chowdhury.

'But even after crossing the barrier, the elephant dropped the barrier back in its place very cautiously.'
The jolly jumbo then walked his way across the tracks and rushed back into the forest.

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Elephant at a glance blows out 56 candles on birthday cake

Lastnewsbd, 20th February, Dhaka: After 48 years together, Lopez said that Trompita often just has to look at him and “she knows what’s going on.” She devoured her birthday cake and threw dirt on her back with her trunk to protect herself from the sun. Trompita eats an average of 400 pounds of fruits and vegetables each day, and it is expected that she could live to age 70 in captivity, although elephants in the wild have a tough time making it to 60. Since their early years, the pair have grown up, cried and laughed together, and there’s an unspoken bond between them, according to Lopez.

When the circus was forced to shut down, they offered him $300,000 for Trompita, “but I would have felt like Judas. I couldn’t sell her.” “She’s a very sweet elephant, very calm and she’s very well cared-for here,” he added, noting that they’ve shared all sorts of experiences together. “I even play soccer with her and she does it super well. She’s better than all other players in the world, even (Argentine soccer icon Lionel) Messi,” he said.

With a cake made of watermelon, papaya, bananas, carrots and corncobs, Guatemala’s elephant Trompita celebrated her 56th birthday on Sunday. The pachyderm, whose original name is Bombi, is an Asian elephant rescued by the La Aurora zoo from a circus in 2008 and subsequently adopted as a special member of the family, Efe news agency reported. Tropita’s handler and “lifelong friend,” Romeo Lopez better known in the circus world as “Tarzan Lopez” said that the elephant and he had been together since they were both 7 years old. “We grew up together and have a special connection,” he said.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

‘Musth’ jumbo kills one in North Andaman

In a tragic incident, a member of the Ranchi community was killed by a ‘musth’ elephant in a remote hamlet in North Andaman region on Monday. The victim, Julius Lakra, was carrying out some household chores in the jungles near his home when the tusker appeared from the bushes, tossed him in the air before crushing him to death at around 2.30 pm, according to sources.

Speaking to this correspondent, the Divisional Forest Officer of Diglipur confirmed the incident. “The Forest Division here was informed about the incident and a team was rushed to the accident at 4 pm. The site is remotely located and it normally takes around 90 minutes to reach the spot in the forest reserve area from either Pan Nallah or Ganesh Nagar. We’re awaiting complete reports about the incident and necessary steps will be taken accordingly,” the DFO informed.

A lack management of elephants engaged by the Department of Environment of Forest and Forest Corporation has generated criticism for the agencies in the recent years. On the 29th of July 2014, a ‘musth’ Tusker killed a forest official, Kalidas, after going berserk in the Mohanpur region in North Andaman.  An assistant mahout was also killed in June 2014 by the elephant he tamed in the Burma Duba beat in Tugapur-5 at Mayabunder. Another forest worker named Nagen Halder, was also killed by an elephant in the Bongaon range at Bakultala in Middle Andaman in the month of August 2013.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Villagers knit jumpers for Indian elephants to protect the large mammals from near-freezing temperatures

Local women make colourful jumpers for formerly abused animals after staff at conservation centre warn of temperatures dipping close to freezing point

Elephants in India are sporting colourful woollen jumpers after villagers knitted the super-size garments to protect the animals from near-freezing temperatures.

Women in a village near the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in the northern city of Mathura reportedly began producing the colourful, pyjama-like garments after staff at the centre warned temperatures were approaching sub-zero at night.

The conservation centre takes in rescued elephants who have previously suffered chronic neglect and beatings from cruel handlers.

Photographs show female elephants wearing the carefully embroidered outfits, which cover their legs, back and neck, as centre staff and villagers stand among them.

Kartick Satyanarayan, founder of the centre, said it was important to protect the formerly abused elephants from the cold.

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JUMBOS POSE THREAT TO HIGHWAY USERS

A drive on national or state highways connecting neighbouring states or visits to villages on the fringe of forest in the late evenings is not safe due to the increased movement of of elephants.

With waterholes in forest almost dry, elephants are moving around in forests more frequently than usual in search of water. This poses a threat to humans and also holds up motorists and heavy vehicles crossing the path, particularly at night. Elephants also camp on the roadside, in bushes and near trees.

Due to fear, movement of two-wheelers has considerably come down. Light and heavy vehicles including trucks go in a convoy hoping that this would keep the jumbos from attacking or causing damage to vehicles.

On a few occasions, the forest personnel and night patrolling staff are on rounds to chase away elephants and ensure smooth movement of traffic on Chamarajnagar-Sathyamanagalam road.

The night traffic ban on Bandipur-Udhagamandalam, Gundlupet-Sultan Battery, H D Kote-Manandawadi roads forces drivers to park trucks and other vehicles near the check posts and proceed in the morning. But, this has not addressed the threat as many villagers see elephants crossing highways while returning from their fields.

Sighting of elephants has become common on Chamarajnagar-Sathyamangalam road, Mysuru- Manandawadi, Nanjangud-Gundlupet,  Sultan Battery national highways, Yalandur-BR Hills, Hanur-MM Hills, Hanur-Nala Road,  Hunsur-Thittimati (Kodagu) road. Villagers have sighted herds of 13 to 15 elephants on highways near Suvaranavathi, Ramapura and Hanagarawadi. The jumbos have also raided banana plantations. Elephant herds are a common sight at Kareplaya on Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border and also near Punajanur.

It is a curfew like situation in many villages on the fringes of the forests as villagers stay indoors from 9 pm to 6 am fearing jumbo attacks.

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Elephant dead after touching ‘electric fusion’

Bankura (WB), Feb 9 (PTI) A full grown male elephant died when it touched an 'electric fusion' at an agricultral plot here.

Divisional Forest Officer, North, Bankura. Pinaki Mitra said the ‘electric fusions’ are illegal electrified connections in agricultural plots to keep away elephants and intruders.
The incident took place last night, he said adding the authorities would take steps against the villagers involved in laying out the ‘electric fusion’.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Elephant Herd Tramples Poacher To Death In India

Last night, a gang of four poachers entered Thattekkad bird sanctuary in Kerala but they ended up getting trampled by elephants, with one dying and another in a critical condition, according to The Indian Express. The likeliest thing they were looking for was ivory.

A 26-year-old man only known as Tony was trampled to death by a herd of elephants and his friend, a 30-year-old named Basil is in critical care.

It's thought that the group were caught in a herd of elephants and couldn't escape.

Tony also reportedly accidentally set off his rifle and shot himself in the leg in the ruckus.

The two surviving gang members, Sajith and Anish, ran off with their weapons and no one even knew they were involved until they accidentally told their friends and families. Well, it is a good story, but you'll probably go to jail now.

Elephants are usually very peaceful creatures, and since the poachers entered the sanctuary at night, were probably sleeping rather than running round trampling everything in their wake, which some have suggested could mean that they did it on purpose.

According to a study done by researchers at The University of Sussex in Brighton, elephants are so smart that they can identify languages. They could tell the difference between two different tribes, one who had a history of poaching and one who didn't.

A recent study stated that elephants are killed faster than they are born, while 100 die every day from poachers alone.

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Kumki elephant loses tusk in Chadivayal camp attack

COIMBATORE: A 46-year-old Kumki elephant ‘Sujay’ was severely injured after being attacked by a giant wild elephant inside the Chadivayal elephant camp near Kovai Courtallam in the early hours of Wednesday.  

According to forest sources, the wild elephant which was nearly 10 feet tall intruded into the camp after damaging the Elephant Proof Trenches and Solar fence set up by the department and attacked Sujay before the Mahouts and Kavadis reach there to rescue the animal around 4.15 am. Sujay lost its right tusk in the fight that lasted for about 15 minutes.

C Dinesh Kumar, Forest Range Officer, Boluvampatty forest, said, “The wild elephant entered into the camp and attacked Sujay. All our efforts to stop the animal went in vain. Sujay lost its right tusk but sustained no other injury. Due to the injury, Sujay lost large amount of blood. Veterinarian N S Manokaran, who is providing treatment to injured elephant, says it will take 15 more days for the animal to recover from its injury.  

“Usually, we do not tie Kumki elephants during night time, they are kept only by chaining on their legs for easy movement. We have also placed solar light under which the elephants usually take rest.
“Our mahouts who sleep near the animal noticed the wild animal entering into the camp after Sujay produced trumpeting sound. We chased away the animal using crackers and camp fire. Another Kumki elephant, Paari, was standing at 100 meter distance from Sujay, but was unhurt,” he added. As of now Sujay is consuming green grass, banana stem, maize, fruits and discharging dung well.

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ZAPPED TO DEATH Heartbreaking scenes as elephant and calf are electrocuted after touching fence illegally wired to mains instead of battery

AN endangered elephant and a calf were electrocuted when they touched a farm’s electric fence which is believed to have been illegally wired to the mains instead of a battery.

The 30-year-old female and a six-year-old calf died at a farm on the outskirts of the city of Mettupalayam in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

District Forest Officer of Coimbatore Forest S. Ramasubramaniam said: “The grove owner claimed that he had used battery operated power setup on his grove to protect his crop.

“The animals could not die if the farmer used battery. In this regard, we have asked The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) officials to inspect the spot.”

A farmer named Palanisamy is responsible for the area at Dasampalayam village near Mettupalyam, he added.

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Two ailing elephant calves die


Two wild elephant calves that were ailing succumbed to injuries in forest ranges of Periyanaickenpalayam and Mettupalayam in Coimbatore on Wednesday.

In the first incident, a male calf, aged around one-and-a-half-years-old, that was injured while trespassing into a farm at Mettupalayam in the early hours of Tuesday died on Wednesday morning.

Belonging to a four-member herd that trespassed into the private farm at Dasan Palayam village near Mettupalayam, the calf was wounded in its trunk while crossing the iron fence which was also connected to power.

While a female elephant aged around 30 and a juvenile male elephant aged between 6 and 7 were electrocuted, the fourth elephant managed to escape.

District Forest Officer S. Ramasubramanianan said that the elephant died around 12.45 p.m. despite all possible treatment given.

In the second incident, a female elephant which was found with an ulcer in its mouth at Seeliyur, near Periyanaickenpalayam Range, on Tuesday died around 6 a.m on Wednesday.

Forest officials said that the elephant had not taken food and water for several days due to the ulcer in its mouth. The autopsy also revealed that the elephant had a severe injury in its right leg.

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Elephant rescued from marsh after three days

Mysuru: An elephant was rescued from a swampy lake in Hunsur in Karnataka today three days after it got stuck there.

Forest officials and locals tried to pull the female elephant with the help of another tamed elephant.

A herd of six elephants slipped out of Nagarhole forest on the night on January 15 and headed towards Hanagodu and Kachuvinhallai tank. Of the six elephants, four returned to the forest while one female elephant got stuck in swamp while another entered a banana plantation. Villagers, who saw the elephant battling for life, alerted local forest personnel who rushed to spot.

The Forest staff brought in a tamed elephant Ganesh from a nearby elephant camp for the rescue operation. The officials also sought the co-operation of villagers to let water from their irrigation pumpsets into the slushy area to loosen the soil so that the elephant could be rescued. The female elephant finally freed itself from the slush and headed into the forest around 2.30 pm in the afternoon.

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Elephant to be brought to Bandhavgarh National Park from Bengaluru

A pachyderm will be translocated from Bengaluru to Bandhavgarh National Park.

"There are 12 tuskers in the Park in Bandhavgarh, out of it five are minors. The adult elephants are engaged for patrolling and rescue operations," Field Director Mridul Pathak said.

He said a team from the Parked arrived Bengaluru to select the elephant. He said the tusker was being brought when the park management was annoyed over the less number of elephants.

Mr Pathak said the management demanded that the government provide ten elephants for the Park. However, planning was being chalked out to bring the tusker from Bengaluru, he added.

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Plantation owner killed in elephant attack

A coffee plantation owner was killed in an elephant attack at Balangala in Virajpet taluk of Kodagu district on Sunday. The victim, Ravi Kalaiah, was on his morning walk at around 6.30 a.m. when an elephant suddenly emerged on the roadside and attacked him.

Senior forest officials said Mr. Kalaiah died on the spot. As the news spread, there was tension in the village and people launched a flash protest against the rising man-animal conflict situations in the district.

Conservator of Forests Manoj Kumar, who was supervising the operations to capture a tiger (which was subsequently found dead) in the Thithimathi territorial range of Kodagu district, rushed to the spot to deal with the situation.

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'Wild jumbos in the south less problematic'

KOZHIKODE: Are the wild elephants located in the forests south of Palakkad Gap less problematic when compared to their northern counterparts when it comes to human-animal conflict?

An expert committee constituted by the state forest department to look into the possibility of releasing a rogue elephant captured recently in Wayanad back into the wild says so. The panel is of the view that the less conflicting behaviour in the elephant population in the south could be linked to their genetic distinctiveness.

Taking the genetic differentiation into consideration, the committee has said in its report that "mix of the conflict animal with the less 'conflicting' south population is not admissible".

The report says that "the distinct genetic population of wild elephants exists to the South of Palakkad Gap and mixing a conflict animal could result in disastrous consequences ".

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Elephant Rampage at temple Latest Kerala

As the three-month-long temple festival season in Kerala draws to a close, it has witnessed a spike in incidents of elephants running amok. Since festivities began in mid-January, there have already been more than 100 instances of captive elephants being paraded going on the rampage, causing four casualties and injuring around 30 people.

The toll has been rising since 2000, with 49 casualties in 2012 and more than 350 people killed in the past decade.An elephant at a temple festival parade in Trichur. Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran, Asia’s second tallest captive elephant at 10.5 ft and the most prized at festivals, trampled three women to death at a temple in Perumbavoor in Ernakulam on January 27.

It had earlier been banned from festivals by the Kerala High Court for its aggressive behaviour and partial blindness. The only Indian captive elephant with its own Wikipedia page, Ramachandran-brought to the state from Bihar-has killed seven people and two elephants.
Another tusker that killed a girl on February 7 in Alappuzha was found to have been in musth (heat)-which is when a male becomes aggressive and is recommended a long rest.

“A lobby of brokers, elephant owners, temple committee members, revenue officers and vets is behind this exploitation,” says V.K. Venkitachalam, secretary of the Thrissur-based Heritage Animal Taskforce (HAT).

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elephant calf refuses to leave mother who died trying to save him

It is a sight that highlights the increasing man-animal conflict in india. an elephant calf in assam mourned the death of his mother and refused to leave her side. on wednesday morning, the calf had run out of an elephant herd towards a construction site for the rs. 1,300-crore patanjali mega herbal and food park in assam's sonitpur district and was followed by his mother and another elephant calf.

The mother elephant, who suffered injuries after faling in the pit, died 19 hours later on thursday. while one calf was able to come out of the pit, the other stayed with the mother's body, and had to be rescued by locals.The assam forest department has filed a police complaint against the builder of patanjali mega herbal and food park for negligense in providing safety to wild elephants and digging pits at the construction site.

 There were more than 14 open pits and some of them were filed up with ground after forest minister pramila rani brahma visited the site after the death of the elephant, jasim ahmed, additional conservator of forest, west sonitpur forest division, said. the forest minister instructed the builder to keep half of the over-200-acre land free from construction through which the elephants could move.

The foundation stone of the patanjali mega herbal and food park was laid on november 6 by assam chief minister sarbananda sonowal in the presense of patanjali founder and yoga guru ramdev, union minister of state for heavy industries babul supriyo and state industries minister chandramohan patowary among others.

Dilip nath, member of aranya surakha samittee, sonitpur, told press trust of india that the place was known to be an elephant zone often frequented by them from the nearby forest. Meanwhile, state congress spokesman apurba bhattacharya claimed that as the area was an elephant corridor and used by the animals for giving birth to their calves and that the previous congress administration in the state had not allowed the government land to be given to anyone.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

33-year-old man dead by elephant attack in West Bengal

A 33-year-old man died in an elephant attack in West Bengal on Saturday, a forest department official said.”The incident happened at around 6.30 a.m. on Saturday at Golokdrima village in West Midnapore district,” Midnapore Divisional Forest Officer R.N. Saha told IANS. old man died in an elephant attack in West Bengal on Saturday, a forest department official said.

“The incident happened at around 6.30 a.m. on Saturday at Golokdrima village in West Midnapore district,” Midnapore Divisional Forest Officer R.N. Saha told IANS. man died in an elephant attack in West Bengal on Saturday, a forest department official said.

“The incident happened at around 6.30 a.m. on Saturday at Golokdrima village in West Midnapore district,” Midnapore Divisional Forest Officer R.N. Saha told IANS.

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9-yr-old girl injured in elephant attack

A nine-year old girl was attacked by an elephant at Iruttupallam on the outskirts today, but suffered only minor injuries, police said.

Devika, a fourth standard student, had gone to answer nature's call early today when the pachyderm appeared from the nearby forest and attacked her.

As she was trying to escape, the elephant hit her with its trunk and she fell to the ground.

However, she managed to get up and run to safety from the elephant, which ran back to jungles, after the villagers raised an alarm.

The girl has been admitted to the government hospital here, police said.

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Villagers knit jumpers for elephants

Mathura : Elephants in India are sporting colourful woollen jumpers after villagers knitted the super-size garments to protect the animals from near-freezing temperatures.

Women in a village near the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in the northern city of Mathura reportedly began producing the colourful, pyjama-like garments after staff at the centre warned temperatures were approaching sub-zero at night.

The conservation centre takes in rescued elephants who have previously suffered chronic neglect and beatings from cruel handlers.

Kartick Satyanarayan, founder of the centre, said it was important to protect the formerly abused elephants from the cold.

“It is important to keep our elephants protected from the bitter cold during this extreme winter, as they are weak and vulnerable having suffered so much abuse making them susceptible to ailments such as pneumonia," she told the Times of India.

"The cold also aggravates their arthritis which is a common issue that our rescued elephants have to deal with.”

The centre currently houses 20 elephants that have been rescued from illegal captivity, trafficking mafia, exploited for street begging and circuses where they were abused and subjected to extreme cruelty.

Staff have plans to rescue a further 50 elephants in 2017, with hopes to secure more land to expand the sanctuary.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Hubballi: Wild elephants creating panic driven back to forest

HUBBALLI: Residents of Hullikeri, Kadabagatti and surrounding villages in Dharwad heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday when forest department personnel managed to drive elephants, which had created panic in the area, back to the forest.

Villagers were worried about their paddy and mango cultivations as they had spotted six elephants moving in their fields two days ago. "When I went to work in my field, I noticed four elephants standing in the middle of the mango grove. They might have strayed into our village from the Khanapur forest area," said Gururaj, a villager.

A team of forest department officials spent Tuesday night in the village to protect people from being attacked by the wild animals. They beat drums and burst crackers to drive the elephants back to the Nagaralli forest area.

MD Lamani,, deputy range officer, Benasi range, Dharwad, said they will compensate farmers if there is any crop loss after getting a report from the local authority.

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Elephant destroys 3 houses in Meghalaya

An elephant caused havoc in Bekbekgre village in North Garo Hills district destroying three houses, officials said today. The elephant broke off from the herd and destroyed three houses of Bekbekgre that falls within an elephant corridor, last evening. The animal left the village only after policemen from Bajengdoba police station arrived and assisted the villagers in chasing it away, officials said. The villagers have been spending sleepless nights since the past three weeks after a herd of over 40 elephants have been roaming around the village.

"Elephants had destroyed one house two weeks ago. At that time we managed to chase them away," said Bappun A Sangma, a villager. "None of us have been able to sleep since the past few weeks as the elephants keep coming back," added Sangma. The BDO of the Resubelpara block, Leena D Sangma, said that a damage assessment report would be made sent to the forest department.

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Kerala: Elephants Dying Due To Brutality, Starvation & Lack Of Medical Attention, Govt. Remains Silent

Elephants in India are revered as embodiments of Lord Ganesha, who according to Hindu belief, is the remover of obstacles, patron of arts, sciences and lord of intellect and wisdom. But how much wisdom are we showing while taking care of these gentle giants? Apparently, the scenario of the captivated elephants in the country is precarious, and a majority of them are dying a slow death because of the unimaginable torture they are put through.

At least 26 elephants died in 2016 in the southern state of Kerala due to torture and negligence by their custodians. According to the reports of Heritage Animal Task Force, a voluntary body focusing on animal welfare, 20 of them were owned by individuals, three were under the control of state forest department and three were in Guruvayur temple.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tusker found dead, villagers seek protection

BENGALURU: A 15-year-old tusker was found dead in Srigiripura near Nelamangala forest range on the outskirts of Bengaluru.

Mahesh Kumar, deputy conservator of forests, Bengaluru Rural, said it appears to be an electrocution case; the exact cause will be known after the postmortem results. "We got the news from villagers at 7am. We completed the postmortem in the evening and are waiting for the results," he told TOI.

Following the incident, villagers staged a dharna against forest officials and demanded protection from wild animals. They accused officials of not doing enough to tackle the human-animal conflict.

This is the third elephant death on the city's outskirts in the last 15 days. On Thursday, a jumbo was electrocuted at Madegowdana Doddi, Kanakapura. The 50 year old had wandered out of the forest in search of food and got trapped in an electric fence. Over a week ago, wild elephant Sidda succumbed to leg injuries at Manchanabele dam in Magadi after a long struggle.

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Elephant deaths: Sonowal asks Forest, NFR to improve coordination

Expressing concern over increasing elephant deaths on railway tracks in Assam, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday directed the state Forest Department and Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) to improve coordination to avoid similar incidents.

Meeting Forest and NFR officials, he advocated a strategy to tackle rising number of such incidents, and favoured joint monitoring of railway tracks on daily basis. He also instructed the Forest Department to adopt an aggressive approach.

The Chief Minister's directive came after three elephants, including a pregnant female and a calf, were killed by a speeding railway engine at Potiapam near Kampur on Saturday night. This was the third such incident that have taken place in the state this month after at Nagaon and Goalpara districts which had left a total of five jumbos dead.

The Chief Minister also ordered immediate setting up local level Monitoring Committee involving people living in adjoining areas of the tracks in all the 29 elephant corridors with a view to share real time information with the Railway Control Rooms, where Forest Department officials would also be deputed.

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Assam: Train mows down three elephants, toll reaches seven this month

Villagers move a foetus that was removed from the womb of an elephant that was among the three tuskers killed in Nagaon district of Assam. AP

Three wild elephants including a calf were killed after they were hit by a speeding railway engine at Nagaon district in central Assam in the wee hours of Saturday, with the total number of elephant deaths on railway tracks rising to seven in the current month. The three elephants were hit by an up light engine that had left Kampur railway station at around 4:50 AM on Saturday. The incident occurred between Kampur and Jamunamukh railway stations, about 125 km east of Guwahati on the Guwahati-Tinsukia main line.

It was only on December 5 that three elephants – two pregnant females – were killed when the 15905 Up Kanyakumari-Dibrugarh Vivek Express had knocked them down near Jugijan, in Hojai district, about 15 km west of Saturday’s incident. On December 6, another elephant was killed after being hit by a goods train between Rangjuli and Amjonga stations, about 90 kms west of Guwahati. With two killed near Khatkhati railway station in Karbi Anglong district on September 27, the total number of elephants killed on railway tracks in Assam in 2016 so far stands at nine.

A forest official said the three elephants were members of a herd of 40 to 50 elephants which had come down from the Kandali hills under Daboka reserved forest in search of food. The three were hit when the herd was crossing the railway track on their way back to the forest before sunrise, he said.

Meanwhile, Northeast Frontier Railway CPRO Pranav Jyoti Sharma said the mishap occurred despite imposition of speed restrictions at various elephant-crossing spots as advised by the forest department.
“The spot (where the mishap occurred) is not within the vulnerable area as marked by the forest department. It is about 13 km from the area where caution had been advised by the forest department,” Sharma said.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Female elephant, calf electrocuted in Chhattisgarh

A female elephant and her calf got electrocuted on Tuesday as they came in touch with a live electric wire allegedly laid by a local at a farm in Chhattisgarh’s Surajpur district, forest officials said. “The incident took place in the wee hours at a sugarcane field in Bagda village under Pratappur forest range,” Division Forest Officer (Surajpur division) Naved Shujauddin told PTI.

As per preliminary information, the adult pachyderm and her female calf came in contact with the live wire laid around the sugarcane field allegedly by the farm owner to protect his crop from the wild animals, he said. Soon after being informed about the incident, forest and police officials rushed to the spot and shifted the carcasses for postmortem, the DFO said.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

West Bengal: Now toilets to help reduce human-elephant conflict

West Bengal has evolved a rather unique solution to growing human-elephant conflicts (HECs) — constructing toilets so that villagers don’t have to defecate in the open and face the wrath of the jumbos. This has now become a thrust area for Forest Department officials to tackle HECs, particularly in the southern part of the state, which is a hub for such aggression.

Although Bengal harbours only two percent of India’s wild elephant population (around 30,000 jumbos in the country), they are believed to be responsible for over 20 percent of the total human deaths. Open defecation is one of the concerns flagged by officials in West Midnapore district, where accidental deaths do occur when villagers, who come to relieve themselves in the wee hours, find themselves face to face with pachyderms in the forests bordering their hamlets.

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Sunday, January 08, 2017

Elephants tortured in Kerala, elsewhere

The Centre for Eco-Cultural Studies (CES) had invited that internationally known lady, Sangita Iyer, who has produced an award winning documentary “Gods in Shackles” to visit our country with a laudable motive in mind, to create an awareness and to spare a thought, for the elephants particularly those taken in our ‘Peraheras’; (they stand for hours and walk for miles to entertain and please us!); elephants are also being used for heavy work such as log clearing. Do we spare a thought for them and the suffering they are undergoing? Hardly ever.

They were born to roam in their habitats not to stand chained for hours, as in India, nor walk for miles (also with legs chained) as in Lanka at our Peraheras. Sangita Iyer made a presentation/delivered a lecture at the National Film Corporation Theatre, woke us up for we have only watched elephants parading but almost never giver thought to how the animal was faring -- she has woken us up.

This epic documentary, God in Shakles, which has won eight internationally recognized awagranrds, is a very emotional story which moves people, it reveals the dark side of the southern Indian State of Kerala’s glamorous cultural festivals, where temple elephants are exploited for profit under the guise of culture and religion. I do hope our TV channels will show our public at least excerpts from the documentary to awaken our people to this cruelty.  

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Saturday, January 07, 2017

Elephant gets grand farewell

KURNOOL: Gajalakshmi, 45, an elephant which has been serving Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt at Mantralayam for 36 years, was accorded a grand farewell on Sunday following retirement.

Peetadhipathi of the Mutt Subhudendra Theertha Swamy placed a large shawl on the pachyderm’s back, garlanded it and gave harathi to it besides offering fruits.

Later, Gajalakshmi was taken in a procession through the main streets of Mantralayam amidst drumbeats. Devotees vied with one another to seek Gajalakshmi’s blessings and take pictures with it. The elephant gently placed its trunk on the heads of devotees and blessed them.

The elephant was then led to a special truck and taken to Sri Venkateswara zoo park at Tirupati.

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A village where men, elephants coexist peacefully

UDALGURI, Dec 4 - Even as the man-elephant conflict rages across the State, a village near the Bhutiachang tea estate in Udalguri district has shown that it is not quite impossible to maintain a ‘peaceful coexistence’ with elephants.

The No. 4 Bhutiachang village which has been frequented by elephant herds for decades with the debilitating consequences of human fatalities and crop loss, has evolved an innovative approach that is visibly easing the tension between man and animal for the past couple of years.

“Earlier we used to be aggressive towards the herds that destroyed our paddy and even killed people. Now, with the realisation that undue aggression on our part often enraged the elephants that developed a hatred for humans, we have ceased our hostility to the elephants. We have secured our paddy fields with solar fencing and at the same time never tried to hinder the elephants’ movement in our village,” Bimal Bodo, the local village defence party president with some training on handling elephant depredation, said.

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Friday, January 06, 2017

Bangladesh-India agreement on ‘elephant corridor’ soon

A border fence erected by India has been blocking the elephants' natural routes, triggering deadly confrontations as the animals often veer into human settlements.

Bangladesh and India are in the final stages of an agreement to allow wild elephants free passage through their shared border, in a move aimed at reducing fatal confrontations between the animals and humans.

Seven cross-border routes used by elephants have been identified in the Indian states of Assam, Tripura and Mizoram.

Bangladesh Forestry Department’s Deputy Conservator MD Shahab Uddin said keeping these natural corridors open will lessen confrontation.

“Elephants will not harm anyone if they are left alone.”

According to the Forestry Department, at least 226 people and 62 elephants have been killed in such conflicts in the country in the last 13 years.

As recently as October 14, three people were killed in an attack by wild elephants in Jhenaigati border area in Sherpur district of Bangladesh.

Shahab said the Home Ministry had now given the go ahead to sit with Indian officials and thrash out the issue.

“We are waiting for the Foreign Ministry’s clearance, which we expect soon,” he told the Dhaka Tribune. “Then, we will have the final meeting on how the agreement will be signed.”

On January 26, the New Indian Express reported that the Indian home ministry had agreed to sign an agreement with Bangladesh to open the borders to form a cross-border natural elephant corridor, after receiving the approval of the forestry department.

In Bangladesh, the forestry ministry then contacted the Home Ministry for collaboration with the law enforcement agencies, especially the Border Guard Bangladesh, regarding the corridor.

Human encroachment and habitat loss have pushed down the wild elephant population in Asia in the last two centuries.

Elephants are critically endangered in Bangladesh, where only an estimated 200 remain – down from more than 500 in the middle of the last century.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Baby jumbo among three killed by speeding train in Assam

Nagaon (Assam) [India], Dec. 5 (ANI): Three elephants - aged about 15, 13 and 3 years - were found dead by a railway patrolling team on Monday morning after they were hit by the 15905 Up Kanyakumari-Dibrugarh Vivek Express near Jugijan railway station in Nagaon District late last night.

The incident happened when the herd of elephants was crossing the railway track from Kunduli Mari village to Santipur village at a location about 137 km from Guwahati railway station.

The incident took place around 11.50 p.m., when a herd of wild elephants was crossing the railway track from Kunduli Mari village to Santipur village at a location about 137 km from Guwahati railway station and the trio came on the railway tracks and dashed against the train engine, said Pranav Jyoti Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO), Northeast Frontier Railway (N.F.Railway), in a statement issued here.

The N.F. Railway has alerted the State Forest Department about the incident, however, neither the train was stalled nor were there injury to any passenger in the incident, he said.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Heartbroken elephant calf in India refuses to leave mother’s body

A baby elephant in India’s northeastern Assam state on Friday mourned the death of his mother and refused to leave her body.

According to local media reports, the mother elephant lost her life after it fell into a pit at the site of Patanjali Mega Herbal and Food Park at Ghoramari region of Sonitpur district, in the northeast of India near Bangladesh.

Assam Forest officer Pramila Rani Brahmin said the department will lodge a case against the contractor for not taking necessary precautions at the construction site.

She further said a probe will be initiated against the people, who ordered the digging of the deep pit.

Several hours after its death, forest officials took out the elephant’s body from the pit with the help of a crane.

Later, they removed her tusk and buried her remains.

Increasing human population has depleted the habitat of wild animals, forcing them to stray into human settlements, attacking people and often being killed in return.


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Elephant terror forces residents to flee homes, take shelter on trees

Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India], Dec. 1 (ANI): Afraid of an attack by a herd of elephants, residents of Loharatola village, nearly 40 km from Jharkhand capital Ranchi, have taken shelter in trees.

A herd of wild elephants has spread panic among village residents, damaging their homes and food items and forcing them to flee.
Natwar Lohar, a local villager, said they were forced to live on trees as the elephants had damaged their homes and food items.

"We sleep on the tree to protect ourselves from the elephants. We take children also along with us and all the women sleep together at one place. It is very difficult to manage in the afternoon and night. We stand guard together in the night," said Lohar.

He added that there has been no help from the government or forest officials so far, and they had to fend for themselves.

According to local media reports, the highway too remains almost deserted owing to the fear of wandering elephants.

More than 1,000 people have been killed by elephants in Jharkhand since the state was carved out of Bihar in November 2000.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Elephant Sidda stands again

AGRA: A joint rescue operation by the Indian Army, Wildlife SOS and the Karnataka forest department resulted in successful moving the downed elephant 'Sidda' into a specially designed structure where the Wildlife SOS veterinarians can provide long term treatment to the ailing elephant.

Two weeks ago, when Sidda had painfully extracted himself from the water and then collapsed, saving this 35-year old wild elephant with a fractured foreleg seemed well-nigh impossible. At 3 am Thursday, the Sappers from the MEG of the Indian Army and the field teams from wildlife conservation NGO Wildlife SOS and the forest department could finally stand back with immense pride as Sidda was gently eased into the giant improvised structure created by the army in record time on the request of Wildlife SOS. The severely injured elephant, who had been down on his side for a fortnight, was finally standing again.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Four animals forced to perform dangerous acts rescued from circus

HYDERABAD: A circus management was prevailed upon to hand over four animals to the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) as they were being forced to perform acts in unsafe conditions.
When the New Sam Circus was recently camped in Yadiki, Anantapur, Animal Welfare Board of India's (AWBI) authorised inspectors from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and Animal Rahat, an animal-protection organisation inspected the circus. Following directions from the Anantapur collector, the four animals were handed over to the AWBI by the circus management for rehabilitation.

The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) and People for Animals (PFA) also helped establish the circus offenses and facilitated the rescue effort. Two goats and two dogs from the circus have been moved to a sanctuary run by the India Project for Animals and Nature in Ooty, Tamil Nadu.

New Sam Circus also signed an affidavit promising never to use animals again, according to Peta India. The investigations by Peta India and Animal Rahat revealed that the animals were being forced to perform without the required permission from the AWBI, in violation of the Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001. This prompted the AWBI to write to the Anantapur district collector requesting action.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Wild elephant tramples 9-yr-old to death

In a tragic incident, a nine-year-old child was trampled to death by a herd of wild elephants, at Titabor in Upper Assam. The incident took place at Rangajan Tea Estate at Titatbor in Jorhat District. The deceased child has been identified as Guttu Nayak.

A herd of 40-50 wild tuskers is believed to have sneaked out of the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary wreaking havoc in the tea estate, thus triggering panic among the locals.The marauding herd also destroyed their thatched huts and property.

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Wild elephant kills 2 in Kishanganj

Kishanganj (Bihar), Oct 31 (PTI) A wild elephant trampled two persons to death in Piprithan area under Thakurganj block, forest officials said today.

The elephant, that entered the district on Saturday from jungles of Nepal, trampled Baleshwar Singh near Balkaduba village under Pauakhali police station area and crushed a woman Sayeeda Khatoon (35) at nearby Balkaduba village yesterday, DFO, Kishanganj, Dinesh Kumar Das said.

Thakurganj Circle Officer Mohammad Ismail said Rs 5 lakh each would be paid as ex-gratia to the next of the kin of the deceased.

Wild animals, including elephants, often cross over to the bordering areas such as Kadogaon, Suribhitta, Bihartola, Dhantola, Karuvamni and others of the district from the jungles of Nepal, the DFO said.

A youth had been trampled to death by an elephant in March in Bihartoal village of Dhantola panchayat.

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Sri Lanka Cracks Down on Owners of Elephants Taken From Wild

AGRA: Wildlife SOS veterinarians have been working round the clock to provide treatment to the injured tusker 'Sidda' with the guidance of the Karnataka forest department and chief wildlife warden. The elephant being continuously recumbent and unable to stand made the situation very grim.

Just as things were looking bleak, the former Army chief heard about Sidda elephant's condition and things started to move. Shiv Kunal Verma, a supporter of Wildlife SOS reached out to Gen V K Singh - former army chief and Cabinet minister (ministry of external affairs) to request the Indian Army's help for Sidda Elephant and assist in the efforts being put in to save the elephant by Wildlife SOS and the forest department. He immediately spoke with the Southern command officer - Lt Gen Harriz and his chief of staff Lt Gen Ray Noronha. Madras Sappers Division (MEG Bangalore) commanded by Brig R K Sachdeva who moved their officers overnight to assess the situation with Arun A Sha of Wildlife SOS.

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Rescued elephant dead

A wild tusker that was found in a critical stage in a river inside the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary died on Tuesday.

The forest officials found the animal in the Bavali river near under the Tholpetty forest range of the sanctuary after a fall from a steep ridge near the river on Monday morning.

Though a team of forest officials and veterinary experts led by warden P. Dhaneshkumar shifted the animal from the river to a safe place with an earth mover on Monday night and administered medicines, it succumbed to injuries. Forest veterinary surgeon Jiji mon did the autopsy.

The injuries on its head and limbs, sustained in the fall, caused the death, Mr. Dhaneshkumar said.

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Jumbo brought to garland minister rescued

CHENNAI: Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officials on Saturday seized an elephant from Kamaraj hall in Teynampet on charges of the animal being starved. Suma, 56, was ostensibly brought to garland Union human resource development minister Prakash Javdekar but was rescued before his arrival.

She was later taken to the SPCA premises in Vepery. SPCA secretary T Thyagarajan told TOI the reason mentioned in the transit permit issued by the wildlife authorities was that the cow elephant was brought for a Ganesh puja. But she was forced to remain in the hall without food or water for a long time.

The animal was also made to bless people coming to the hall for a fee that the mahout collected, Thyagarajan said, adding that this was a violation of the rules. The mahout also did not have the mandated performing animal certificate from the Animal Welfare Board of India and Suma did not have the microchip embedded by wildlife authorities in all elephants in captivity in the state, Thyagarajan said.

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Forest Department denies negligence in handling elephant

In a reply to a petition from the People For Cattle in India (PFCI), the Tamil Nadu Forest Department has stated that there was no negligence on its part in handling Madukkarai Maharaja, which died in June.

In a petition to the Chief Minister, the PFCI, urging the government to look into the matter, said that the death took place under mysterious circumstances.

“We had further asked for better measures to safeguard elephants as in the case of a man-animal conflict,” said Arun Prasanna, PFCI founder.

Early in June, the department had decided to capture and relocate the male elephant, which had been raiding crops and reportedly killed a forest guard.

In a statement, the District Forest Officer of the Coimbatore Division said a kumki elephant, Kaleem, along with forest officials had been deputed to offer assistance to catch the elephant.

On June 19, it was tranquillised transported by truck to the Varagaliyar Elephant camp at the Annamalai Tiger Reserve.

While the PFCI sent its petition to the Chief Minister and the Forest Department in June after the death of the elephant, the Forest Department in October denied the allegation of negligence and cruelty. It claimed that that the elephant was looked after well after it was captured.

The animal had suffered multiple fractures on the forehead when it tried to free itself from a kraal by banging the wooden enclosure repeatedly.

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HATF alleges torture of captive elephants

The Heritage Animal Task Force (HATF) has alleged criminal negligence on the part of the Departments of Forest and Police in enforcing rules to check unlawful use of captive elephants at Thuravur in Alappuzha district and at Mallappally in Pathanamthitta district on October 29 and 30.

In a memorandum to the Animal Welfare Board of India Secretary on Monday, HATF secretary V.K. Venkitachalam has alleged that the temple administration at Thuravur had illegally paraded 11 captive elephants at the Deepavali festival on October 29.

At Mallappally, a captive elephant, Vishnu, ran amok while it was used for shifting logs in a private property, he said. He said these 12 elephants were being kept by persons who did not have ownership certificate for these pachyderms.

He alleged that the elephant, Vishnu, was not given water, food or rest before engaging it for transporting logs. Unable to bear with the mahouts’ torture, the elephant turned violent, attacked and seriously injured its second mahout. The elephant, with bruises and wounds all over its body, was later tethered after a hectic task.

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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

2 elephants fall in well, around 120 pachyderms surround area

Two elephants fell into a well at Lalka hamlet in West Midnapore district tonight, following which a herd of around 120 pachyderms cordoned off the area.

The two elephants fell in the well around 8 PM. Following this, a herd of elephants, of which the two were part of, cordoned off the area, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Rabindranath Saha said.

Forest personnel kept watch on the herd’s movement and handed over flaming torches to villagers.
However, with the presence of the herd and one of those elephants giving birth, the two trapped pachyderms couldn’t be rescued from the well, the officer said.

Meanwhile, panic spread in the area, and many villagers left their homes, local panchayat leaders said.

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Elephant herd damages crops

An elephant herd destroyed tomato and plantain crops in farmlands in Thirumalayampalayam on the outskirts of the city today, police said.

The herd of 12 elephants destroyed tomatoes on one acre, as also banana plantations and a large number of coconut trees of farmers.


After much efforts forest department officials managed to drive away the elephants, police said,adding the exact quantum of loss to the crop was being ascertained.

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Poisoned by villagers, wild elephant found dead in Tripura

A wild elephant was found dead lying on an uncultivated land in Gudai village near Kalyanpur Police Station recently.

Symptoms show that the animal might have died due to poisoning by pesticide given by the villagers.

Ratan Debbarma, a local villager, told ANI: "We noticed a herd of around 12 to 14 wild elephants including a calf in the eastern Gudai village area. We tried to scare them away but failed. This morning we came to know that an elephant was lying dead there. We don't know how it died."

The forest officials along with veterinary surgeon are conducting an autopsy to find out the actual cause of death.

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Rescued elephant calf dies

An ailing elephant calf found in Sirumugai Forest Range in Coimbatore division on October 14 and brought to the Theppakadu Elephant Camp for treatment died of diarrhoea on Sunday morning.

The elephant was found to be extremely “weak and emaciated.” Once it was brought to Theppakadu, the less than one-month-old animal showed signs of improvement, but its condition turned worse on Saturday when it developed diarrhoea.

“We gave the animal all supplements and treated it. But, it died on Sunday morning,” E. Vijayaraghavan, forest veterinarian, said. According to him, the little one was abandoned by its herd.

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Wild elephant goes berserk, tramples woman

BILASPUR: The menace of wild elephants continues in north Chhattisgarh, as a woman was trampled to death and a man was injured in Sitapur forest range of Surguja, on Saturday.

According to information, two herds of wild elephants, each about 12 strong, have entered Sitapur forest range from Jashpur a few days ago. They are moving about in Sarga, Petla, Budhama, Partopara, Chuhigiri, Kunmera, Borajharia, Ghasideeh, Shivnathpur and Katmuda villages of Surguja and Jashpur.

A wild elephant strayed from one of the herds and entered the forests of Kasaipanipara village in Gersa panchayat. According to information, Somari (60), a 'Pahadi Korwa' along with her husband Etwa (65) were in their fields protecting their crop.

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Wild elephant kills 2 in Bihar, India

A wild elephant trampled two persons to death in Piprithan area under Thakurganj block, forest officials said today.

The elephant, that entered the district on Saturday from jungles of Nepal, trampled Baleshwar Singh near Balkaduba village under Pauakhali police station area and crushed a woman Sayeeda Khatoon (35) at nearby Balkaduba village yesterday, DFO, Kishanganj, Dinesh Kumar Das said.

Thakurganj Circle Officer Mohammad Ismail said Rs 5 lakh each would be paid as ex-gratia to the next of the kin of the deceased.

Wild animals, including elephants, often cross over to the bordering areas such as Kadogaon, Suribhitta, Bihartola, Dhantola, Karuvamni and others of the district from the jungles of Nepal, the DFO said.

A youth had been trampled to death by an elephant in March in Bihartoal village of Dhantola panchayat.

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Elephant Calf Found Dead

An elephant calf, believed to be less than a month old, was found dead near Mavanalla watchtower along the Ooty to Masinagudi Road in Singara Range of the Nilgiris on Tuesday.

The forest department officials found the carcass of the animal less than a 100 meters away from the road on Tuesday morning.

E Vijayaraghavan, forest veterinarian, performed an autopsy on the animal and said that it could have died on Moday. He confirmed that it had not been knocked down by a vehicle as it was found a considerable distance away from the road. The autopsy revealed that it had been dehydrated when it died, and also had been suffering from diarrhoea.

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Sunday, November 06, 2016

Elephant kills farmer

A farmer was crushed to death by an elephant, while he was on his way home in Bommankoppa village under Nagargali Forest Range of Khanapur taluk recently. The victim has been identified as Vasudev Mirasi (52).

Forest Department officials said that the deceased and two other farmers were part of the team of forest personnel engaged in chasing away a herd of elephants that had started raiding standing paddy fields due for harvest. The herd, consisting of six elephants and a calf, entered the Nagargali range.


After the day-long exercise to trace and chase the herd away, Vasudev and two others took a short-cut through the forest and came across the herd. One of elephants lifted Vasudev with its trunk and crushed him to death. The Deputy Conservator of Forests would soon release Rs. 2 lakh as compensation to the family.

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Elephant electrocuted at farm in Erode district

A male elephant aged about 25 years was found electrocuted at a farm in Melkadambur near Kadambur in T.N. Palayam Range on Thursday.

The elephant had come into contact with an electric fence put up around the tapioca farm by the farmer, Thangavelu.

He was arrested by the Forest Department. He confessed to having drawn power for the fence from domestic supply, District Forest Officer of Sathyamangalam Division Arunlal said.

A post-mortem was conducted on the spot and the carcass was buried.

Normally, carcasses of healthy elephants in the wild are left at the very location of death for predators to feed on. Since, the animal had died on a patta land, it was buried.

The tusks were removed earlier to be kept in the custody of the Forest Department.

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Yet another wild elephant shot dead in Wayanad

KOZHIKODE: A wild elephant was found shot dead in a farm land bordering the forests at Athirattukunnu under the Pathiri South section of the South Wayanad forest division Sunday morning.

Forest officials said that the male elephant was around 20 years old and it had three gunshot injuries in its body.

The killing has ringed alarm bells among forest officials and conservationists as it is the third elephant to be gunned down in Wayanad district in the last six months.

The carcass of the elephant was found lying in the paddy field by locals early morning. Forest officials led by South Wayanad divisional forest officer Abdul Azeez reached spot at 7 am. Steps are on to conduct the autopsy.

The latest killing comes close on the heels of the arrest of a resort owner in the last week of October for shooting down a wild elephant in retaliation against the action taken by forest officials against his resort.

Locals said that there have been isolated incidents of crop raiding by elephants in the region.

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Saturday, November 05, 2016

Illegal high-voltage fence electrocutes elephant in Tamil Nadu

ERODE: A 10-year-old elephant died of electrocution when it came in contact with a high voltage fence at Sathyamangalam Forest Reserve in Kadambur in the district.

Forest Department sources said one Thangavelu had erected the high voltage fence illegally to prevent animals entering his farm.

The carcass was noticed by locals, who informed the police and Forest Department officials and later it was buried after post mortem. A case was registered against the accused, who is absconding, police said.

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Friday, November 04, 2016

Assam: Carcasses of elephant, calf found

Carcasses of an adult female elephant with one of its tusks missing and that of an elephant calf were found on Thursday in separate places of Sonitpur district near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.

The body of the adult elephant with an arrow in its forehead was discovered by journalists in a paddy field at Bhuragaon Tengabasti under Chariduar police station area who informed Forest Department officials about it.

Forest officials went to the spot and, after inspecting the body, said that the elephant might have been killed two days ago by poachers who took away a tusk.

However, Divisional Forest Officer Diganta Borbora said it was suspected the elephant was poisoned as the animals were known to have caused damage to standing paddy crops in that area.

The calf, part of a herd, died when it fell into a deep drain of a tea garden at Rangapara, about 60 km from here, forest officials said. The mother of calf tried to rescue the baby but earth from both sides of the drain covered it burying the animal, the officials said.

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Indian man killed by an Elephant

A 35-year-old man from India was killed by a male elephant in the Manas National Park, located 12 km from Panbang towards Assam, India.

The deceased was from Kachu Gaon, Assam, India and was working as a caretaker in the park for the last 12 years.

The incident took place on February 3 at around 16:30 hrs when the deceased went to feed the elephant.

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Thursday, November 03, 2016

One held for killing wild elephant

Forest and Wildlife Department officials on Tuesday arrested Shaji, 48, of Kulathingal at Pulpally, on the charge of killing a cow elephant in the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WSS).

He is the kingpin of a poaching team, the officials said. The carcass of the elephant, aged 13, was found near the Sulthan Bathery- Perikkallur State highway at Nalam Mile under the Kurichiyad range of forest of the sanctuary on May 30 morning. It had a bullet injury on its head and veterinarians recovered a lead bullet from its skull during autopsy.

During interrogation, Shaji allegedly confessed that he shot the animal with a country-made gun along with Baby, 40, of Chundat at Pulpally, Samjad, 22, of Paloppora at Puthankunnu, and three others around 12.30 a.m. on the day, P. Dhaneshkumar, Warden, WWS, told The Hindu .

The other accused were absconding. They reached the spot on a sports utility vehicle and he shot the animal at close range with a gun owned by Baby, Mr. Dhaneshkumar said.

He said forest personnel had tried to stop the functioning of a resort owned by the accused on the fringes of a forest at Pulpally and WWS officials had denied permission to a similar resort at Vadakkanad, which provoked him to commit the crime.


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Elephant calf rescued from gorge, sent to Sakrebail camp

Karwar: Ever seen a baby elephant cry? It can melt the hardest of hearts. A 90-day-old calf, which got separated from its herd and was rescued by forest officials, wept when it was put into a truck to be sent to the elephant camp at Sakrebail.

The baby elephant was found near Mainalli village, in Mundgod taluk, Uttara Kannada district four days ago. Forest department officials, who waited in vain for the mother elephant, on Wednesday decided to shift it to Sakrebail in Shivamogga district.

The herd of elephants had entered a paddy field adjacent to the forest, in Mainalli, and while returning, the calf fell into a gorge nearby. The other elephants tried to bring the baby out, but failed.

After a few unsuccessful attempts, the elephants retreated into the forest.
Villagers informed the forest department officials who managed to lift it out of the gorge. The calf was treated locally and fed grains, jaggery and water.

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Elephant calf found dead

AGARTALA: The Tripura forest department and police have launched separate investigations into the suspected killing of a five-year-old elephant calf in the Purba Godaibari area of Kalyanpur in West Tripura on Thursday.

The authorities are waiting for the autopsy report to ascertain the cause of death.

According to police, villagers in the Kalyanpur area at the foothills of the Athuramura, angry after suffering repeated crop damage by elephants over the past several years, sprayed insecticides on their fields in what might have been an act of revenge.

Police said they were informed about the carcass by the villagers on Thursday.

The forest department has increased food supply in the forests of Athuramura, considered to be an important elephant corridor, forest minister Naresh Jamatia said. "The forest department has dug up ponds and started large-scale plantation of trees in the core forest area," the minister said, adding, "If adequate food is arranged for the elephants, they will not stray."

The Tripura government is also planning to set up an elephant reserve at Gandhari in Gomati district.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Elephant calf rescued from gorge, sent to Sakrebail camp

Karwar: Ever seen a baby elephant cry? It can melt the hardest of hearts. A 90-day-old calf, which got separated from its herd and was rescued by forest officials, wept when it was put into a truck to be sent to the elephant camp at Sakrebail. The baby elephant was found near Mainalli village, in Mundgod taluk, Uttara Kannada district four days ago. Forest department officials, who waited in vain for the mother elephant, on Wednesday decided to shift it to Sakrebail in Shivamogga district.

The herd of elephants had entered a paddy field adjacent to the forest, in Mainalli, and while returning, the calf fell into a gorge nearby. The other elephants tried to bring the baby out, but failed. After a few unsuccessful attempts, the elephants retreated into the forest.

Villagers informed the forest department officials who managed to lift it out of the gorge. The calf was treated locally and fed grains, jaggery and water.

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Poisoned by villagers, wild elephant found dead in Tripura

 A wild elephant was found dead lying on an uncultivated land in Gudai village near Kalyanpur Police Station recently.

Symptoms show that the animal might have died due to poisoning by pesticide given by the villagers.

Ratan Debbarma, a local villager, told ANI: "We noticed a herd of around 12 to 14 wild elephants including a calf in the eastern Gudai village area. We tried to scare them away but failed. This morning we came to know that an elephant was lying dead there. We don't know how it died."

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One killed in Elephant attack

One person was killed in an elephant attack at Bommanakoppa village of Kanapur taluk in this district last evening.

Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF) B V Patil told UNI here today that when six elephants entered into the paddy field at Bommankoppa village, villagers immediately informed the forest officials.

Forest officials visited the village and tried to drive away the elephants along with villagers.

One female elephant attacked and killed a villager and dragged him into the forest.The forest officials and villagers dispersed from the spot to protect their lives. The deceased was identified as Vasudev Bramankar (48) .

Later the forest officials and villagers entered into the forest and searching for the body of Vasudev. It was found last night and brought to the Kanapur Hospital for Post-mortem. Senior forest officials including DCF visited the Hospital.

Some villages in Kanapur taluk is Elephant Corridor and many times Elephants come from Dandeli forest for food. A Cheque of Rs 2 lakh was handed over the family members of the deceased, Mr Patil said.UNI HVN CS 1122

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One-month-old elephant calf dies

A one-month-old elephant calf died in the camp at Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in Nilgiris district today.

The calf was found lying in the jungles of Sirumugai in the district, left alone by its mother about 15 days ago and the Forest Department took it to the MTR Elephant Camp.


It was being fed milk daily and two mahouts were looking after the calf.

However, it died this morning, Forest Department veterinarian Dr Vijayaraghavan said.

After post mortem, the calf would be buried in the camp, he said.

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Elephant dies in battle for supremacy

An old tusker was found dead this morning apparently after losing in a fight with a younger male of his species in a battle for dominance over territory at Kolabari forest under Panighatta range. Locals who discovered the dead elephant alerted the forest department which conducted an investigation into the death.

Forest personnel suspect the old tusker died after getting into a fight with a younger male as a deep wound was found on the animal's chest. Kurseong Division forest officer Suratna Sherpa said, “Forest personnel are not able to patrol the area as the forest is dense. We cannot provide definite details of the incident, but according to preliminary investigation, we believe the elephant could have died after getting badly injured on the chest during a fight with another tusker.”

The dead elephant has been sent for a post-mortem while forest personnel are on the lookout for the other elephant. According to locals, a herd of about 130 elephants have been loitering in the forest over the past few days.

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Bannerghatta foresters get set to capture two wild elephants

BENGALURU: Forest officers of Bannerghatta National Park are gearing up for a khedda operation of sorts, a first of its kind in their jurisdiction. Experts from Madikeri are busy building two kraals (enclosures) to capture two jumbos from a herd of about 12 bull elephants, which have run riot in the stretch between Bannerghatta and Tumakuru.

The boy band has been involved in conflict situations over the past 17 years, devastating crops, and causing the death of 15 persons. Their turf covers areas around Bannerghatta, Kodihalli at Ramanagara, Kaggalipura, Kanakapura Road, Kumbalgodu, NICE Road stretch near Magadi Road, Savandurga, Shivagange, Dobbespet and Tumakuru town itself, which are conflict points in general. The department has decided to capture them to prevent further conflict and address the concerns of residents.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

393 elephants lack ownership certificates in Kerala


Of the total 393 jumbos, 329 were tuskers, 60 female elephants and four 4 were makhna (male elephant without tusks), HATF secretary V K Venkatachalam said.

Though keeping elephants without ownership certificates is an offense, as many as 393 captive tuskers are being kept without valid certification by temple managements and individuals in Kerala.

 While Thrissur district, which annually hosts the famed Thrissur Pooram, has 91 elephants sans ownership certificates, Kottayam has 71 jumbos without certification, followed by Kollam with 47 and Palakkad with 33.

The figures were given by the state Forest Department in response to an RTI inquiry by the Thrissur-based animal campaigner Heritage Animal Task Force.

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Sick elephant delivers calf, forest officials caught unaware

Much to the shock and surprise of the forest department officials, a 30-year-old female elephant, who was being treated for stomach-related ailment, delivered a male calf at an elephant camp near here today.

The officials were caught unaware, when the animal developed labour pain and delivered a male calf at the camp in Chadivayal on the city outskirts, around 4.30 AM this morning, forest department sources said.

The elephant was found unconscious in a field at Periya Thadagam on the outskirts on October 19 and the forest officials, with the assistance of two veterinarians had provided treatment to it for stomach-related ailments.

Even as the pachyderm was shifted to the camp to continue the treatment, the veterinarians were unaware that the elephant was pregnant, they said.

Both mother and calf are in good health, they added.

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Treatment for sick jumbo to continue for two more days

COIMBATORE: A 30-year-old female elephant, which is suffering from a stomach-related ailment, will be released into the forest after two more days of treatment, forest department sources said on Saturday.

The elephant, which was found unconscious in Periya Thadagam on the city outskirts a few days back, was revived by forest veterinarians.

However, the pachyderm, which ventured into the forest area, returned on Friday and fell sick, necessitating the forest department to shift it to the camp at Chadivayal for treatment.

After necessary medical care, the elephant recovered on Saturday morning. It was helped up with the help of crane, forest department sources said.

Since it is unable to consume food on its own, the elephant will be kept in the camp for two more days and will be released into the forest after total recovery, they said.

On October 20, the elephant had reportedly gone into the forest and consumed plastic bags and aloe vera, thus leading to stomach-related problem pti

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Elephant gores woman to death in Erode forest area

A 60-year-old woman was allegedly gored to death by a male elephant in Anthiyur forest near here, forest officials said today.

Karunal of Vilankuttai forest settlement area in Burgur forest was collecting faggots with some other women in nearby forest, last evening, when a single male elephant emerged from a bush nearby and began chasing the women.

The pachyderm attacked Karunal and pierced her stomach with its tusk, killing her on the spot. Others who managed to run to safety, informed the villagers and the forest officials, who reached the spot. After the elephant left, they removed the body of Karunal. A case has been registered and investigation is on.

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Carcass of elephant cremated

A Forest team cremated the carcass of a sub-adult female elephant found at Kothamangalam beat in Bhavani Sagar range on Thursday.

The elephant, believed to have been afflicted with an intestinal ailment, had come to the location with a herd to quench thirst and had reportedly collapsed.

The herd had left the spot after waiting for a while.

After autopsy, the carcass was disposed off, under the guidance of District Forest Officer of Sathyamangalam Divison Arunlal.

Samples of viscera were taken for tests.

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