Most people think that an elephant is afraid or dislikes the presence of dogs. Elephants, for the most part, are a peaceful creature. They do not harm others if they are not threatened. At Elephant Nature park, most herds will have a pack of mahout dogs who follow them every foot step. The elephants pay them no mind, and some are quite fond of them. The dogs are relaxed, able to sleep anywhere. When the elephants move, the dogs will follow, or they will be gently notified if they are required to get out of the way.
A new regional plan to tackle human-elephant conflict in eastern and central India has proposed a number of strategic measures, from creating “elephant removal zones” to relocating or even holding captive “problem” elephants that roam on agricultural land. In 2016-17, this region reported at least 253 deaths of people, the highest in the country related to this conflict, with crops being destroyed and livelihoods affected.
It should have been a day like any other in Mae Wang, Thailand. But at one elephant camp in this small rural district just outside the tourism hub of Chiang Mai, the elephant handlers, or mahouts, were on edge. Somjai, a five-ton bull decked out with a pair of meter-long ivory tusks, was in musth, a hormonal phase characterized by huge increases in testosterone and aggression.
The girl is called Pooja, and she was 6 years old when her father recorded this video. She is buying tomatoes for her friend Shanti. She does that every day when she is in India. But who is her friend Shanti? Shanti is an elephant, a temple elephant to be precise. Pooja ist ein mutiges Mädchens mit einem großen Herz für Tiere. Sie verbringt jedes Jahr die Wintermonate mit ihren Eltern in Indien. In einem Dschungelreservat lernt die sechsjährige Pooja, die Elefantendame Shanti kennen.