Hungry elephants electrocuted in India

Seven elephants have been electrocuted in eastern India after coming into contact with loosely hanging power lines.

Source: Odisha Bytes


An Indian forest guard says seven elephants in search of food have been electrocuted after coming into contact with loosely hanging power lines in eastern India.

Wildlife warden Jitendranath Dass says the elephants were part of a herd of about 15 that came near Kamalanga, a village in Dhenkanal district of Orissa state, early on Saturday.

The carcasses were spotted by villagers who informed the forest guards, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

Roaming elephants in the region are struck by trains fairly regularly. With increasing numbers of humans settling down in forest areas, the elephants often stray into villages and towns.

Neighbouring Assam state is home to several thousand wild Asian elephants, but they are considered endangered due to habitat loss and poaching.

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