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Group of angry elephants attack village after train killed one of them

By Mason White 4:39 AM August 11, 2013
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By: Eva Fett
Who knew that they had it in them. A group of angry elephants are attacking a village after one of their own was hit and killed by a train.

About 15 elephants, which are mourning the death of a member of their pack after being hit by a train near the Matari railway station in India, are attacking the village and have so far demolished part of a school along with several houses. The villagers have held a night-long vigil for the dead elephant, but so far, they have not been able to get rid of the attacking elephants.

Wildlife Activist D.S. Srivastava said that the elephants have a strong sense of family bonding and often resort to revenge attacks. “The elephants often try to return to these sites, as they believe that their partner was only injured and could only be rescued by them. Even when an elephant dies a natural death, its friends cover the body with shrubs and small branches,” Srivastava said. “I believe that the herd of elephants will return to this site again and again,” Srivastava also said.

Railway authorities are also concerned and are keeping a close eye on the developments. “We have asked train drivers to be more careful,” railway spokesperson Amrendra Das of the Dhanbad division said.

The herd of elephants had stopped several trains on the Delhi-Howrah route near the Matari railway station on Wednesday night after a member of the herd was killed by the Kolkata-Delhi Duronto Express. The elephants left the scene just after the disaster management team arrived and detonated firecrackers.

About 10 homes were damaged so far, village leaders said.