Elephant kills woman then returns to funeral and tramples corpse

Elephant kills woman then returns to funeral and tramples corpse

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June 13, 2022 0

Elephant kills woman then returns to funeral and tramples corpse

A 70-year-old woman was killed by an elephant as she walked to fetch water in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, India. But during the funeral of the latter, the same elephant returned to the attack and again trampled the victim’s body, reported the Indian media The Print.
It is rather a rather curious fact which leaves the Indian populations of Mayurbhanj, amazed. The elephant attacked the old lady and badly injured. She was rushed to hospital but succumbed to her injuries, said Lopamudra Nayak, an inspector from Rasgovindpur police station, as quoted by The Print.

Later, as family members gathered to celebrate Murmu’s funeral, the wild pachyderm reappeared. He approached the pyre and grabbed the body, The Print reported. The elephant then trampled on his body again and threw him before fleeing. The funeral was, however, completed a few hours later. This curious situation still left the inhabitants speechless.

Conflicts between humans and elephants are on the rise around the world as the loss of the animals’ natural habitat forces elephants to move closer to residential areas. Climate change is also making life more difficult for elephants. As the temperature rises, water sources are more likely to dry up, causing elephants to hunt for new resources, which can lead to them coming into contact with humans.

Mayurbhanj district of Odisha has suffered severe droughts in recent years. Fragmented habitats can cause cases of ‘crop raiding’, when elephants stray onto farmland in search of food and water, destroying growing crops. In May, an Indian farmer was trampled to death by a wild elephant. The elephant and his herd had wandered over the farmland.

Although known to be gentle giants, elephants can attack humans when they feel vulnerable or if their territory is threatened. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), such cases can cause elephants to be considered a nuisance. In a 2001 case, 60 elephants were found dead – poisoned by farmers – in parts of India and Sumatra.

It is still unclear why the elephant that attacked Maya Murmu had wandered away from the Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary, which functions as a safari park, is “highly popular” with Asian elephants due to the abundance of water it contains, “even in summer”, according to the Forestry Department.

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