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15-year-old boy loses life while taking selfie with elephant

By Mason White 11:32 AM January 24, 2016
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By: Feng Qian
A boy lost his life while taking a selfie with an elephant, police in India said.

The wild elephant trampled the boy to death while he was trying to take a selfie with it in the Araria District of Bihar.

15-year-old Mithun Paswan was among the crowd of people who watched the elephant that wandered around the village of Majlispur.

Mithun and two of his friends tried to take a selfie with the animal on their cellphones, but they got too close to it.

When the elephant moved toward them, his friends and the group of people fled. Mithun also tried to flee, but he was trampled by the elephant.

The villagers, who were watching the incident from a distance, called for help. Mithun was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The incident created panic in the area. Forest department officials, who were informed about the incident, were trying to locate the elephant that is believed to have entered another village.