A horrific video captured an elephant trampling a man to death in Assam after it was agitated by jeering crowds around it. The video was captured by Indian Forest Service official Parveen Kaswan. The video has been watched over 210.9 k times and has gone viral on the internet.
The incident happened in Assam’s Morongi tea estate. The mishap comes to light a few days after two gangs of monkeys were captured in Thailand in a brawl.
With increasing human intervention in the natural ecosystem that comprises of forests and its animal inhabitants, there are increases in instances of an animal attacking human out of aggression or fear. In such situations, the question of whom to blame in such incidents demand contemplation and debates. But one thing sparks no debate – human lives are lost, and animals are painted in a dark light.
In one such incident that was captured in video, a man was trampled to death by a wild elephant. According to reports, a herd of several elephants were crossing the streets when confronted by a group of crowd. Upon allegedly being teased by the rowdy crowd, one of the elephant got agitated and chased the crowd in the horrific turn of events.
The incident occurred on the Morongi tea estate at the reserve forest at the Golaghat range on Sunday, July 25. It should be noted that Assam – the state where the incident occurred at – houses the second largest population of wild elephants.
From the Eyes of the Camera
In the video, shared by Indian Forest Service official Parveen Kaswan, a man can be seen running away from one of the agitated elephants. However, due to the subsequent fall, the man was trampled by the elephant. As per reports, the deceased has been identified as Pachkal Mura, 45-years of age. Although Mura was rushed to the nearby hospital after the elephants cleared the road, he succumbed to his injuries and died.
A Frame-by-Frame Dissection of the Mishap
In the video shared by IFS official Parveen Kaswan, the workers can be heard teasing the otherwise calm herd of elephants. Meanwhile, bikers too can be heard honking in the background. With the jeering commotion, and the consistent provocation by the humans around, the elephants can be seen increasing their pace. The tipping of the domino was when a man in a purple shirt tried to divert the elephants’ attention by a yellow-colored bag.
This was the final straw and soon one of the elephants chased the crowd. As the rowdy crowd tried dispersing, the victim of the incident fell and then got trampled by the elephant. The animal can be then seen joining the herd on the opposite side of the highway.
Watch the Video Here
A human lost his life. I wonder whom to blame. pic.twitter.com/KQVGzRq0Ca
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) July 26, 2021
According to WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), as many as 100 people become the victims of such killings by elephants.
“Elephants cause damage amounting from a few thousand dollars to millions of dollars. Every year, 100 humans (in some years it may be 300 people) and 40-50 elephants are killed during crop raiding in India,”
-the WWF report states.
When Humans Get on Offensive against Wild Elephants
The equally devastating consequence of such killings is that humans start developing fear of danger and resentment against these silent giants and this can result into elephants being attacked by humans. Major evidence of this notion came in 2001 when more than 60 elephants were discovered dead in Sumatra, allegedly poisoned by the plantation workers in the region.