7 elephants in search of food electrocuted in India

NEW DELHI — An Indian forest guard says seven elephants in search of food were electrocuted after coming in contact with loosely hanging electric wires 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 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.

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

You may also like these

Bangladesh tries to move stranded elephant to...

Aug 14, 2016

Wildlife officials are trying to bring an elephant to a safari park outside Bangladesh's capital...

Once-reviled scavenger bird now the pride of its...

Feb 9, 2017

The greater adjutant stork used to be an object of revulsion in northeast India; its fortunes may...

Before "Lion," the story behind an unlikely...

Mar 1, 2017

Four years before the Oscar-nominated movie "Lion" was released, two AP reporters told the story of...

UN officials urge India to lift social media ban...

May 11, 2017

Two United Nations experts are urging the Indian government to lift ban on social media sites and...

Rangers try to rescue wild elephant in India's...

May 24, 2017

Indian veterinarians are treating a 10-year-old wild elephant with an injured leg to help it escape...

Search
Broaden News

Sign up now!

Recent Discovery will take you to the captivating developments in science, technology, and the universe around us. We deliver to you the latest news, theories, and developments in the world of science.

Contact us: sales[at]recentdiscovery.com