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Man-eating elephant reported in India

By T.K. Randall
February 20, 2011 · Comment icon 38 comments



Image Credit: Sandra Fenley
An elephant responsible for killing 17 people was found to have human flesh in its stomach.
An increase in aggressiveness from animals in India is becoming a significant concern, in another part of the country reports suggest that tigers were responsible for the deaths of 14 people from a single village last year. The problem is thought to be due at least in part to human encroachment on their territories.
After a rogue elephant killed 17 people in India, locals knew it had to be stopped. Once the animal was killed, DNA tests on the contents of its stomach revealed something even more terrifying: the elephant had consumed human flesh.


Source: Huffington Post | Comments (38)


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Comment icon #29 Posted by Coffey 12 years ago
to Sevenof Seven so how do you explain vegetarian humans? were meant to be omnivores. maybe this elephant is just insane? Humans are omnivores, we can eat meat and vegetation etc. We have the teeth for both, the digestive system for both etc.... This means we can eat meat and vegetables etc OR just meat OR just vegetables etc. (even though JUST eating meat would be VERY unhealthy) Elephants are herbivores so they have the digestion system for vegetation and the teeth etc for it. So Elephants shouldn't eat meat at all. My guess is IF it did kill all those people then there was only fragments of... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by angi chiesa 12 years ago
I used to keep a pair of donkeys. I was tolde not to let passers by feed them. The reason being that if a sandwich was offered containg meat,the donkeys might die.I THINK MEAT WOULD KILL THE ELEPHANT
Comment icon #31 Posted by Farmerboy 12 years ago
Whilst they may not have the proper apparatus for consuming meat, under certain conditions they may consume flesh. With cattle shortly after the placenta has detatched the cow will eat it, as a way to gain nutrients and also natural behaviour so as not to attract predators. Its wierd to see although they do sometimes choke and die.
Comment icon #32 Posted by UFO_Monster 12 years ago
We are way over due for another " Black Plague " epidemic... To many damn humans on this world..... Even though elephants are fading from existence, how can you put an animal's life above a human's?
Comment icon #33 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 12 years ago
The destroying of their habitats is a damn shame, Elephants remember. My thoughts exactly. I didn't think an elephant would actually eat meat altogether, but I guess under the circumstances of having their habitat endangered by humans prompted one to avenge, but a step further in the revenge scale.
Comment icon #34 Posted by terbo559 12 years ago
I'll kill that elephant. I've always wanted to see an elephant get blast by an RPG or something
Comment icon #35 Posted by The Silver Thong 12 years ago
I'll kill that elephant. I've always wanted to see an elephant get blast by an RPG or something No hunting license for you...
Comment icon #36 Posted by H.H. Holmes 12 years ago
This is an inevitable result of the destruction of the elephant's environment and the disrupting of their family units. I kind of find it hard to believe, though, that this was done out of revenge for the death of a calf. That seems to be anthropomorphizing on part of the expert. With that said, I find it disgusting that people would find what this animal did as something that is good or justifiable in any means. What if that was your family who had gotten killed by the elephant? How would you feel? Would you still cheer the killing as a vague act of revenge by nature? These are human beings, ... [More]
Comment icon #37 Posted by danielost 12 years ago
couple of years ago, i heard of an elephant in india that would knock on your door and wait for you to answer it. before killing you. if you were in a car said elephant would charge it and smash it and you.
Comment icon #38 Posted by clockworkgirl21 12 years ago
I remember hearing about this elephant that was randomly attacking and killing people in villages. It wasn't even provoked. They hired someone to kill it, and during the autopsy(I know it isn't called an autopsy if it's an animal, just can't think of the word) they found a bullet was lodged behind the elephant's tusk, probably causing extreme pain and causing the elephant to go insane. I wonder if this elephant has some sort of problem, too.


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