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VIDEO: Elephant creates traffic chaos to ‘steal’ sugarcane from passing truck

BANGKOK: A traveler on a road in Thailand captured an incredible video of an elephant blocking traffic for ‘stealing’ sugar cane from passing trucks. The video, filmed on a road in Chachoengsao, shows the elephant wandering into the road and blocking traffic so it can snatch sugar cane from the backs of passing trucks. Reports cited eye witnesses as saying that the elephant attempted to steal from more than 12 different vehicles in the span of about two hours before wandering back into the jungle. "He was a big…

VIDEO: Mother elephant thwarts lion’s attack on newborn

NAIROBI: A visitor at a Kenyan field captured an incredible video of a lion attempting to attack a baby elephant before being driven away by the calf's mother. The video shows an elephant dubbed Nablus by researchers walking with her day-old calf Jan. 18 in Kenya's Samburu National Reserve. A lion approaches the pair from the rear and charges, appearing as though it is about to make a meal of the baby, but Nablus quickly turns on the predator. Nablus lets out a loud trumpet and charges at the lion, causing it to…

Five elephants killed by train in India

NEW DELHI: A train has struck and killed five elephants as they crossed over tracks at a tea plantation in northeast India, an official said Monday. The elephants, including a pregnant female, were part of a larger herd wandering through the plantation early Sunday in Assam state, home to India's biggest wild elephant population, when they were mowed down by the train. "All five elephants died on the spot. A stillborn calf was later removed from the pregnant female," said Vikas Brahma, head of Assam's forest…

Elephant crushes man to death after he tries to take its picture, video goes viral

KOLKATA: A horrific incident claimed life of a man who reportedly tried to photograph an elephant by standing in front of it, ignoring potential danger of a close encounter with the animal. The man stepped out of his vehicle on a highway to take a picture of big animal, but little did he know about the impending danger. The incident took place in Lataguri forest area of Jalpaiguri district. The elephant brought traffic to a grinding halt when crossing National Highway 31. Sadik Rahman, 40, a security guard at a…

VIDEO: Teenager attempts Indian movie stunt on forest elephant and it badly backfires

A teenager survived what could have been a fatal moment when he tried to climb up an elephant’s trunk, only to be furiously responded by the animal. According to reports, the boy is said to have been trying to recreate a scene from Indian blockbuster Baahubali where the hero in the film runs up an elephant’s trunk onto its back. Before attempting the stunt, his friends can be seen luring the elephant, which was chained up, with some leaves. But as the boy grabs hold of his trunk he is thrown through the air and…

This touching picture of elephants fleeing fire wins best wildlife photography award

A heart-breaking photograph titled 'Hell is Here' showing an elephant and her calf on fire fleeing a mob in West Bengal-- has bagged this year's Photography Award by Sanctuary Asia.  The picture clicked by a brick kiln owner Biplab Hazra in Bankura district shows what is “routine” in the area and other states like Assam, Odisha, Chhattisgarh  and Tamil  Nadu, the Mumbai-based Sanctuary Nature Foundation said in a social media post. Mother elephant is seen crossing the road while braving flaming tar balls followed by…

Paintings by Indian elephant auctioned off in Hungary

BUDAPEST: Paintings created by an Indian elephant who enjoys wielding a brush were auctioned off by a Hungarian travelling circus on Saturday. Three of 42-year-old elephant Sandra’s abstract canvasses, with coloured lines flowing across them resembling rivers, fetched about 40,000 forints ($150) each. A painting depicting Sandra herself, done by a Hungarian painter, sold for 260,000 forints. The money will be offered to an elephant sanctuary in Malaysia. Read More: Elephant blamed for 15 deaths in eastern India shot…

Wild elephants trample to death four Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

COX‘S BAZAR, BANGLADESH: Wild elephants trampled sleeping Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in the early hours of Saturday, killing three children and a woman in the second such incident since the arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Myanmar in just a few weeks. Many trees on the forested hills of Balukhali in southern Bangladesh, where the incident took place, have been chopped down to house the massive influx of Rohingya Muslims escaping violence in neighboring Myanmar. Tarpaulin and bamboo shelters have…

WATCH: Hungry elephant overturns vehicle in search of food

COLOMBO: A tourist in Sri Lanka captured a terrific moment when an elephant tipped over a three-wheeler vehicle after being fed by an onlooker. The video, filmed Sept. 14, shows the elephant approach the tuk tuk vehicle on a road between Arugam Bay and Yala. A man gets out of the tuk tuk and hand-feeds the elephant, which accepts the offering before swatting at the man with its trunk and overturning the vehicle. The filmer explained the passenger, an Irish tourist, had been instructed by the driver to throw the food…