In India, a strange scene occurred this week in which Phil Bree played the main role. Indian media, based on information from the police, reported that the stray animal kicked an elderly woman to death and then returned during the funeral to trample her body again.
The victim, 70-year-old Maya Mormo, was drawing water from a well in the village of Raipal in eastern India when the elephant appeared out of nowhere. The animal attacked the woman and trampled on her. The woman was taken to hospital with very serious injuries, where she died on the same day.
Her body was released later in the day to her closest relatives, who immediately wanted to organize a funeral. Fully in keeping with Indian traditions, the corpse was first placed in a crematorium, after which the farewell ceremony could begin.
But at that moment, the same elephant came back with a stampede, pulled the woman out of the stake and trampled her again, according to the Press Trust of India, according to the police inspector. Undoubtedly, the incident shook the family, the ceremonies resumed after the elephant’s departure.
Police said the elephant strayed far from the Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary, about 200 kilometers away.
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It is not unusual for an elephant to attack a human in India. In recent years, more people have been killed by roaming elephants, although people are more likely to kill elephants themselves. This is because people are moving more and more to the forests, the habitat of animals. India has an estimated 30,000 Asian elephants, 60 percent of which live in the wild.
The World Animal Protection Organization (WAP) has warned of the suffering of elephants in recent years. More and more of these animals are used to entertain tourists. WAP talks after looking for annoying trends.
The organization counted 3,837 elephants in captivity, spread across 357 elephant camps and sanctuaries in Thailand, India, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. The vast majority of elephants live in appalling conditions. They are restricted to short chains, live in unsanitary conditions and can barely contact other species. Only 7 percent of captive elephants live in welfare shelters.
“It may seem like a nice alternative, but it is not. Animal suffering also hides behind these forms of entertainment. It is very misleading, because for this activity also elephants are terribly trained to be able to use them safely, they are forced to participate in a programme, nor It can show normal behavior,” says WAP-Nederland.
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