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Rampant herd of elephants forcing several families to live on trees

2016-12-01 - Ranchi, India.

In a bizarre event people of four families have been forced to live on trees due to the fear of elephants that have gone wild near Ranchi, Jharkhand. Villagers are living in fear since then and have been forced to live on trees in order to protect themselves from the rampant elephants. As per the reports, some families living in Loharatola village in Bundu, around 45 km from Ranchi, have shifted on trees after elephants destroyed their houses.


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One of the zoo elephants that will patrol the forests

Zoo jumbos on tiger duty

2012-01-21 - Ranchi, India. A.S.R.P. MUKESH

Samrat and Lakhi will soon be taking jumbo strides in Palamau, helping forest officials patrol the tiger reserve and protect big cats. Their compatriot, Ramu, however, will be entertaining guests at Dalma. Birsa Munda Biological Park in Ormanjhi in Ranchi will soon bid adieu to the three elephants in keeping with Central Zoo Authority guidelines that no longer allow jumbos to be kept in captivity.


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Rampaging tusker poisoned to death in Jharkhand

2009-01-25 - Ranchi, India.

Villagers poisoned a wild tusker to death in Khuti district of Jharkhand after it wreaked havoc on their standing crop and houses, said a forest official Sunday. “Primary investigations reveal that the wild elephant was poisoned Friday. We have taken the elephant’s body in our possession,” the forest department official told IANS. According to him, “the wild tusker had wreaked havoc in Torpa area of Khuti district.”


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Tusker RTO is dead

2008-10-18 - Ranchi, India.

He will no longer stop people in their tracks, rummage trucks or invade roadside stalls for food. RTO, the friendly tusker who would roam
the forests of West Singhbhum and often venture out into human habitation for food in Noamundi, was found dead deep inside the forest late on Wednesday night. Even though foresters said the elephant had died a natural death, a post-mortem has been done and the animal's viscera preserved for a forensic test.


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Elephant trample two to death in Jharkhand

2008-09-20 - RANCHI, India.

Two people were trampled to death and one was injured as elephants entered a village in Jharkhand's Ramgarh district on Friday and went on the rampage, attacking people and damaging property, police said. A herd of elephants entered villages that come under the Kuju police station of Ramgargh, around 70 km from here, in the morning. They then went on the rampage in Ratwe village and trampled Khirodhar Mahto and Gulab Mahto to death. The elephants also wounded another villager, a police official ...


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Jharkhand to have mobile squads to chase wild elephants

2008-07-25 - RANCHI, India.

The Jharkhand forest department will constitute mobile squads to chase away wild elephants who create havoc in villages around the forests in the state, said an official on Thursday. "As per plan, we will constitute 15 mobile squads equipped with weapons and cell phones to chase the elephant herds," a forest official said. Each squad, expected to be constituted by the year end, is likely to have 10 to 15 members including villagers and forest officials. The squads are likely to start functioning...


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Big plan to tame tuskers - Mobile teams to stop elephant-man conflicts

2008-07-23 - Ranchi, India. ANEETA SHARMA

The forest department has proposed a Rs 77.62 crore scheme to the Centre to tackle recurring man-tusker conflicts in Jharkhand. The chief wildlife warden of the state, A.K. Singh, said the forest department has proposed forming 15 well-equipped mobile squads to maintain vigil on elephants and chase away wild pachyderms when they come near human habitations. The mobile squads would have cellphones to talk to co-ordinators in the villages concerned and keep them abreast of pachyderms’ movement.


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Jharkhand officials seek death of rogue tusker

2007-12-26 - Ranchi, India.

Jharkhand forest department officials are seeking to execute a rampaging wild tusker, an official has said. The 20-year-old elephant, called Laden, has killed 17 people in the past one year in Silli block of Ranchi district and neighbouring Purulia district in West Bengal. If Laden is not executed, more human beings could be killed by the tusker in the area. To save human beings the rampaging tusker must be executed, a forest department official told IANS.


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Hunt for "killer" elephant "Laden" in Jharkhand

2007-12-18 - Ranchi, India.

Tribals in the remote villages of Jharkand have launched a massive hunt in the State's dense forest areas to end the mayhem and carnage unleashed by a 'killer' elephant. The killer elephant has become synonymous to a terrorist and the villagers have named the jumbo as 'Laden,' after the al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.


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Tusker population declines in Jharkhand

2007-07-14 - Ranchi, India.

The population of elephants has declined sharply in Jharkhand with poaching and confrontation with human beings suspected to be the main causes for the decrease. Jharkhand has registered a sharp decline of 148 tuskers in the census conducted in May this year. According to the counting that took place between May 7 and May 12, the elephant population has declined to 624 from 772 reported in the last census conducted two years ago. According to forest department figures, in confrontation with elep...


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Baby elephant Ramu (extreme right), Lakhi (centre) and young tusker Samrat in their new enclosures.

Arrival of new jumbo ushers joy in zoo

2007-05-25 - Ranchi, India.

He is two- and-a-half years old, loves milk and Lactogen, and has kept the officials at the Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park dancing around him. He is Ramu, the baby elephant rescued from the Seraikela forests and being looked after by the zoo authorities. The other elephants at the zoo, Samrat and Lakhi, too had been rescued from different jungles of the state. Samrat was also brought to the zoo at a young age and has grown to be an obedient young tusker.


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Jharkhand government to start elephant Census next month

2007-04-24 - Ranchi, India. Amitabh Srivastava & Namita Tewari

Jharkhand wildlife authorities are all set to begin a census of elephants in the wildlife sanctuaries across the State, starting May 1. The census is crucial for Jharkhand where the relations between elephants and humans have turned bellicose with almost 650 people trampled to death by elephants during the last six years. Humans have killed close to 67 elephants during the same period either by electrocution (caused by the illegal electric fencing) or shooting them with poison-tipped arrows or b...


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Jharkhand forest officials probe mysterious death of elephant

2007-04-17 - Ranchi, India.

Jharkhand forest officials on Tuesday began a probe into the mysterious death of an elephant in the Bero Forests. Though veterinary doctors are conducting forensic tests, forest officials have refused to reveal details till the post mortem report comes.


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Autopsy data bare rude facts

2007-02-24 - Ranchi, India. ARUN KUMAR THAKUR

Meet Tulsi Mahto, the head of the RIMS forensic department. Mahto also discovered that there had been an increase in deaths caused by wild elephants after the inception of the state. In 1999, the wild elephants had killed five persons, but 16 persons were killed by tuskers in 2002. Everyone, including forest department officials and rural folks, need to realise that the continued depletion of habitat for elephants because of rampant felling of trees in forest areas will lead to more and more ele...


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How to keep rampaging elephants at bay. To keep the tuskers away, the villagers have to arm themselves with sticks, sharp-edged weapons, light fires and beat drums during at night.

2007-02-11 - Ranchi, India.

Farmers in Jharkhand are now keeping in mind the tastes of elephants while sowing crops to prevent the tuskers from rampaging their fields and killing people. In the last few years, the farmers have come to know the likes and dislikes of elephants that regularly enter the villages, damage standing crops and kill people too. They now prefer not to sow rabi: crops.


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Villagers stand beside the well from which the elephant was pulled out in Jamni village, Bero.

Foes shake hands in crisis

2007-02-11 - Ranchi, India. AMIT GUPTA

Elephants destroy crops and even trample human beings. But when an elephant got trapped in a well in the village, about 47 km from the state capital, after the clock struck 12 last night, the villagers could not but rescue it. The wild elephant calf, not more than a month old, fell into the well of one Maharaj Singh of Jamni village beside Bero forest between 1 am and 2 am. Before the little elephant fell into the well, a herd of six elephants caused havoc in the nearby villages destroying crops...


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Tribespersons in India worship elephants for protection

2006-11-07 - Ranchi, India.

With human efforts failing to prevent the depredations caused by rampaging elephants, tribal people in Jharkhand have instead turned to praying to the animals for protection. The various methods adopted by the forest department have failed to protect the people from the tuskers, which regularly venture into villages, kill humans and destroy crops.
Tribals in several parts of the state have started worshipping the elephants to appease them, villagers say. Elephant images are made and natu...


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Villagers desert homes fearing elephant attack

2006-10-09 - Ranchi, India.

Fear of revenge by a herd of elephants has forced people in a Jharkhand village to flee from their homes following the death of a baby elephant after it fell into a well. A baby elephant fell into a well in Banta village Saturday night, about 70 km from here after it got separated from the herd. The elephant finally succumbed to injuries Sunday morning despite a valiant rescue bid by the villagers and forest department officials.


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Two women were trampled to death by rampaging elephants on the outskirts of Jharkhand capital

2006-06-30 - Ranchi, India.

The tuskers attacked six women workers who were returning to their homes in the Angada block. The elephants immediately returned back to the jungles. Two women died on the spot, while the other four got sustained injuries. In the past five years, more than 320 people have been trampled to death by elephants in the state.


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Tuskers trample two women to death

2006-06-30 - Ranchi, India.

Two women were trampled to death by rampaging elephants on the outskirts of this Jharkhand capital, police said Friday. The incident took place Thursday night when the tuskers attacked six women workers who were returning to their homes in the Angada block, 40 km from here. The elephants immediately returned back to the jungles. Two women died on the spot, while the other four sustained injuries.


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Choppers to drive away rampaging tuskers

2005-10-23 - RANCHI, India.

With shrinking forest cover and human encroachment of elephant habitat leading to increasing confrontations between man and pachyderm, the Jharkhand forest department has proposed the use of helicopters to deal with rampaging tuskers in the state. The state's forest officials admitted that they do not have the requisite means to tackle the elephants when they enter human settlements. Hence they have taken a cue from South Africa, where choppers are used to drive tuskers away when they stray into...


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63 elephants die in four years in Jharkhand

2005-10-10 - RANCHI, India.

The conflict between human beings and elephants has killed a large number of men and elephants in Jharkhand. According to official data, 63 elephants have died in the last four years. Elephants have also wreaked havoc, killing hundreds of people. Eleven elephants died in 2001-02 and 18 in 2002-03. This figure rose to 20 in 2003-04 and came down to 10 in 2004-05. Till August in the current year, four elephants have died.


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India: Wild elephants kill one, injure two

2005-09-28 - Ranchi, India.

Wild elephants killed one person and injured two others in Dumritand village under Silli police station area, police said today. Jibar Ram Mahto (55) was attacked by a herd of wild elephants, which came from the nearby forest last morning. The pachyderms dashed him against the ground, killing him on the spot. The herd also attacked Arun and Sohrai of nearby Marankiri village. Both have been admitted to a local hospital.


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Elephants to tame their wild cousins in Jharkhand

2005-04-11 - Ranchi, India.

Jharkhand has hired two elephants trained in helping control wild tuskers that have killed 250 people in the state in over four years. A forest department official said the elephants, called 'kunkis', have been acquired from Assam for 25 years with their mahouts at Rs.350,000. The official said that two kunkis hired earlier for a year had been found to be very handy in trapping wild elephants, which stray into the villages, damage crops and houses and even kill people.


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What an elephantine problem for the BSP

2005-02-12 - Ranchi , India. Indo-Asian News Service

Elephants are a major problem in some areas but they are also the Bahujan Samaj Party's (BSP) election symbol - adding to a jumbo dilemma for the party as it campaigns in rural Jharkhand in areas terrorised by tusker attacks.

And people in the affected areas of this state are driving away the BSP candidates just as they do the elephants. It all appears to be a cruel joke for the six contestants in Gumla and Simdega districts where people have been tackling tuskers rampaging their...


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50 kg ivory recovered in Jharkhand

2004-11-14 - Ranchi, India. New kerala.com

The recovery of 50 kg of ivory from a house in Jharkhand has led forest department officials to fear that ivory smuggling in the state is continuing on a large scale.

Ranchi police raided a house in Khuti sub division, 30 km from the state
capital, and recovered four pieces of ivory weighing 50 kg and arrested the
son of a retired army man Saturday.


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"To avoid confrontation, don"t worship elephants":

2004-10-05 - Ranchi, India. Indo-Asian News Service

Don't store liquor. Don't go out into the forests drunk. Don't worship elephants. And move only in groups at night.

These are among a list of do's and don'ts brought out by the forest department of Jharkhand in a bid to check the growing cases of man-elephant conflict that have resulted in the deaths of over 300 villagers here in the last four years.


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Two elephants electrocuted in Jharkhand, India

2004-09-19 - Ranchi, India. Indo-Asian News Service

Two elephants died when they came in contact with a high-voltage power line near this Jharkhand capital, following which a herd of elephants ran amok and damaged several houses and other properties. While roaming in the Torpa area, 40 km from Ranchi, an elephant died when its trunk touched an 11,000-volt electrical line. Another elephant came to its rescue and met the same fate.


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27 Headlines about Elephants from Ranchi2016-12-01 - Ranchi, India - Rampant herd of elephants forcing several families to live on trees 2012-01-21 - Ranchi, India - Zoo jumbos on tiger duty 2009-01-25 - Ranchi, India - Rampaging tusker poisoned to death in Jharkhand 2008-10-18 - Ranchi, India - Tusker RTO is dead 2008-09-20 - RANCHI, India - Elephant trample two to death in Jharkhand 2008-07-25 - RANCHI, India - Jharkhand to have mobile squads to chase wild elephants 2008-07-23 - Ranchi, India - Big plan to tame tuskers - Mobile teams to stop elephant-man conflicts 2007-12-26 - Ranchi, India - Jharkhand officials seek death of rogue tusker 2007-12-18 - Ranchi, India - Hunt for "killer" elephant "Laden" in Jharkhand 2007-07-14 - Ranchi, India - Tusker population declines in Jharkhand 2007-05-25 - Ranchi, India - Arrival of new jumbo ushers joy in zoo 2007-04-24 - Ranchi, India - Jharkhand government to start elephant Census next month 2007-04-17 - Ranchi, India - Jharkhand forest officials probe mysterious death of elephant 2007-02-24 - Ranchi, India - Autopsy data bare rude facts 2007-02-11 - Ranchi, India - How to keep rampaging elephants at bay. To keep the tuskers away, the villagers have to arm themselves with sticks, sharp-edged weapons, light fires and beat drums during at night. 2007-02-11 - Ranchi, India - Foes shake hands in crisis 2006-11-07 - Ranchi, India - Tribespersons in India worship elephants for protection 2006-10-09 - Ranchi, India - Villagers desert homes fearing elephant attack 2006-06-30 - Ranchi, India - Two women were trampled to death by rampaging elephants on the outskirts of Jharkhand capital 2006-06-30 - Ranchi, India - Tuskers trample two women to death 2005-10-23 - RANCHI, India - Choppers to drive away rampaging tuskers 2005-10-10 - RANCHI, India - 63 elephants die in four years in Jharkhand 2005-09-28 - Ranchi, India - India: Wild elephants kill one, injure two 2005-04-11 - Ranchi, India - Elephants to tame their wild cousins in Jharkhand 2004-11-14 - Ranchi, India - 50 kg ivory recovered in Jharkhand 2004-10-05 - Ranchi, India - "To avoid confrontation, don"t worship elephants": 2004-09-19 - Ranchi, India - Two elephants electrocuted in Jharkhand, India

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 A view of the elephant training centre in Konni that houses the elephant museum. The museum will be opened on February 19.

Konni: Full-scale museum will showcase the unique relationship between humans, elephants

2021-02-09 - Pathanamthitta, India.

The building that houses the museum, which was originally opened in 2006 by displaying an elephant skeleton and implements associated with the training of captive elephants, was awaiting renovation fo...


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‘Andal’ and ‘Premi’ from Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam

Elephants begin journey to Thekkampatti for 48-day retreat

2021-02-08 - Thekkampatti, India.

Elephants from temples across Tamil Nadu began to descend on Sunday morning for the 48-day jumbo retreat at Thekkampatti camp on the banks of river Bhavani in Coimbatore. A pet project of former Chief...


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Dudhwa Tiger Reserve Invites People to Name Newborn Elephant, Announces ‘Surprise Gift’

2021-02-08 - Salukapur, India.

The calf was born on February 3, more than two years after 10 elephants were translocated from Karnataka to Dudhwa tiger reserve's South Sonaripur range. Teresa is the first cow to conceive after the ...


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Study suggests how elephants became big and cancer-resistant

2021-02-08 - Buffalo, United States.

Though many elephant relatives harbor extra copies of tumor-suppressor genes, the scientists found that elephant genomes possess some unique duplications that may contribute to tumor suppression throu...


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Rajasthan Govt Orders Removal Of 20 Medically Unfit Elephants From Tourist Rides At Amer Fort

2021-02-08 - Jaipur , India.

The Rajasthan Government on Monday ordered the removal of 20 medically unfit elephants from tourist rides at Amer Fort in Jaipur. 3 elephants had tested positive for tuberculosis (TB), 11 elephants ha...


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A Unique 125,000-Year-Old Elephant Fossil Found

2021-02-06 - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom.

Two brothers living in England and interested in fossil hunting as an amateur found a fossil on the beach of Isle of Wight. While this fossil is thought to be an elephant fossil dating back 125,000 ye...


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Baby elephant born in North Sumatra"s Tangkahan CRU

2021-02-04 - Medan, Indonesia.

A 35-year-old elephant, named "Sari," gave birth to this female calf, weighing 69 kilograms and 108 centimeters in height, in the Tangkahan Conservation Response Unit (CRU), Mount Leuser National Park...


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The photo of Aameena trying to wake up her dead mother was a heart-wrenching sight for all.

Elephant calf found near dead mother befriends all at rehab home

2021-01-30 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

Aameena, the wild elephant calf found near its deceased mother elephant at Kallar has been shifted to Kottoor elephant rehabilitation centre. The calf calf easily got adjusted to her new home. The mot...


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Sri Lanka to conduct elephant census after 10 years

2021-01-26 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation will conduct an island-wide elephant census this year after a decade to determine the exact number of the animals in the country, local media reported...


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Last trumpet for Thula Thula’s Frankie

2021-01-26 - Empangeni, South Africa.

STAFF, medical teams and anti-poaching personnel at Thula Thula Private Game Reserve are mourning the passing of their beloved matriarch elephant, Frankie, one of seven elephants that arrived at the p...


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Horowpothana Holding Ground report: Search for missing elephants in July

2021-01-19 - Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pamodi Waravita

The Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) would be conducting an investigation at the Horowpothana Elephant Holding Ground (HEHG) in July this year on the circumstances claimed in the National Aud...


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Video of an Elephant Massaging a Woman with its Trunk Goes Viral

2021-01-18 - New Delhi, India.

In the video, one can clearly see the woman lying comfortably on a low bed as the elephant is standing near her and massaging her back. The video was shared by a Twitter user named Aamir on Saturday (...


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During the pandemic, elephants take a break in Myanmar

2021-01-18 - Taikyi , Myanmar. ZON PANN PWINT

As beaches, hotels, pagodas and even walking tours were starved of tourists for most of last year, the pandemic has also taken its toll on the nation’s many elephant camps – which were once a popu...


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WALSAPUGALA PROTEST DEMANDS ELEPHANT RESERVE GAZETTE

2021-01-18 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

On Monday (18) locals from Walsapugala, Hambantota decided to take to the streets demanding the Proposed Wild Elephant Management Reserve in Hambantota, be included in the government gazette. The Wals...


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Man-Animal Conflict: IFS Officers will go for Online Training, says Assam Forest Minister

2021-01-18 - Guwahati, India. Sentinel Digital Desk

Amid repeated incidents of man-animal conflict being reported from different parts of Assam, a five-day training session have kick-started started in Guwahati on Monday for about 35 forest officials, ...


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Road comedy, with Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Dom DeLuise and Sally Field Charlotte

Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)

2021-01-17 - Jupiter, United Kingdom.

The maverick haulier must overcome a crisis of confidence when he and his friends are hired to transport a pregnant elephant to Texas, a mammoth task that proves far from easy. The Asian elephant in S...


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Angry elephant hurls mahout to death in TVM

2021-01-17 - Aruvippuram, India.

An aggressive elephant threw its mahout away in a fit of rage resulting in his death. The second mahout identified as Kollam native Vishnu (21) died in the attack by the elephant. The incident took pl...


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Three new baby Asian elephants born in SW China"s Yunnan

2021-01-16 - Yunnan, China.

At the Xishuangbanna Tropical Zoo, an Asian elephant named Ya Long also gave birth to a baby weighing 95.4 kilograms on January 14, after 21 months and 19 days of pregnancy. "It took the baby elephant...


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Karl Mogensen pets Asha, an African elephant at the Natural Bridge Zoo. The USDA has cited the zoo for allowing visitors to ride Asha without her handler always nearby.

Natural Bridge Zoo fined for animal welfare violations

2021-01-15 - Natural Bridge, United States.

The fifth violation involved Asha, the zoo’s prized elephant, and regulations that require dangerous animals such as lions, tigers, bears and elephants to be under the control of an experienced hand...


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Gerry Cottle dead: Circus legend who ran away at 15 is killed by coronavirus

2021-01-14 - Bath, United Kingdom. Vikki White

Gerry Cottle, who died in hospital in Bath this week aged 75 after contracting coronavirus, became one of Britain’s best known kings of the Big Top. From virtually nothing he went on to run a string...


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