- Gauhati, India.
Two wild elephants were killed when they were hit by a freight train in Indias remote northeast Friday, officials said.
The elephants were knocked down while crossing the tracks along with a herd of nearly 20 pachyderms near Gauhati, Assams capital, said M.C. Malakar, the states chief wildlife warden. An adult elephant and a calf took the maximum impact of the train and were killed, Malakar said. The train engine was derailed by the impact of the collision, said T. Rabha, a railro...
- Ulster, Ireland. Victoria OHara
The USPCA last night confirmed they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an elephant which was part of a circus touring Ulster. It is understood Kenya, an African elephant, died from a heart attack after being harassed by dogs recently. It is unclear exactly where the incident occurred, but it is understood the animal died within the last two weeks. Mr Wilson said a post-mortem was carried out by a local vet after the elephant had died from a heart attack. "The explanati...
- West Bengal, India. Soudhriti Bhabani
The unnatural death of 11 wild elephants within a span of three months in West Bengals northern region has left the state forest department stumped as the wildlife tragedy is being blamed on an increasing man-elephant conflict arising out of urban encroachment in forestlands. We are highly concerned about the frequent deaths of elephants in north Bengal forests and we have already taken necessary steps to find some solutions, West Bengal Chief Wildlife Warden V.K. Yadav told IANS.
- Givskud, Denmark. Dan Koehl
BonsRee died on friday 13th of June, probably of Cerebral hemorrhage during anesthesia for a foot operation. Bons Ree was Denmarks oldest elephant, and the last animal with origin from Vejle Zoo, from where the founder of Givskude Zoo Jacob Hansen, moved his animal collection in 1971. The oldest danish elephant in Denmark is now the 48 year old breeding bull Chieng Mai in Copenhagen Zoo.
- Kolkata, India. Marcus Dam
The death of an adult female elephant from suspected electrocution in the Gorubathang area of West Bengals Kalimpong subdivision early on Wednesday has raised questions over the efficacy of joint-monitoring by officials of the States Forest and Power Departments against illegal methods employed by locals to prevent depredation and elephant attacks in the region. An average of 50 persons die each year in elephant-human conflicts in north Bengal - among the highest in the country.
- Kolkata, India.
An elephant was electrocuted Wednesday in a north Bengal tea garden after it touched a live wire with its trunk, forest officials told the Indo-Asian News Service. A herd of 15 to 20 elephants wandered into the tea garden at Jalpaiguris Malbazar, about 370 miles from Kolkata, looking for food, when one that strayed from the herd felt a live wire with its trunk and died instantly, reported the news service.
- Bamondangi, India. Pinakpriya Bhattacharya & Prithvijit Mitra
Her cries pierced the morning air in Bamondangi forest. As villagers peeped out of their homes in fear, the mammoth animal appeared from behind the trees and bushes, hobbling on three legs and desperately trying to keep moving. It kept lashing its trunk on the ground in pain. After struggling for more than an hour, it collapsed and bled to death. A few miles away, her death was ´avenged. The dead elephants herd - at least a dozen of them also bleeding from bullet injuries - went berserk in...
- Cachar, India.
Indian police have shot dead two elephants after they rampaged through villages in northeast India killing eight people and injuring nine. The elephants, used for moving logs in the timber industry, ran amok in Cachar district in Assam state, destroying dozens of bamboo and straw houses. Villagers say the animals destroyed whatever was in their way, either trampling people or dashing them to the ground with their trunks.
- Izmir, Turkey.
The elephant Pak Bahadýr at the Izmir Municipality Kulturpark Zoo died while undergoing an operation on his foot and leg. One Turkish and two German experts conducted the operation. Unfortunately the old elephants heart could not handle the pressure. Sabah daily said the elephant had arrived from Pakistan in 1954 and had become the symbol of the city.
- SILIGURI, India.
An elephant calf was found dead on the bank of the Reti river at Dalgaon in the Dooars today. Locals spotted the two-year-old female calf lying by the Reti riverbed early this morning and intimated the forest officials. Officials from the Dalgaon forest range rushed to the spot and they later declared the calf dead after a thorough check-up. Later, with assistance from the state veterinary department, forest officials conducted a postmortem of the carcass.