A rampaging elephant smashed a house in an Indian village on Monday night, but when it heard a crying baby, the animal turned back and carefully removed the debris from the infant’s body.
Dipak Mahato and his wife, Lalita, were eating dinner when they heard cracking and crashing sounds coming from the bedroom.
The UK is putting elephants at risk of extinction through its broken promises on the ivory trade, according to campaigners. Before the last election, the Conservative party pledged to shut down the UK’s domestic ivory market: at the time 30,000 elephants a year were being slaughtered for their tusks. But no action has been taken.
IT’S entirely appropriate that we celebrated World Elephant Day on August 12, they’ve been around a long time and they are the biggest land creature alive today.
They have also, sadly, become big news in that their very existence is threatened by human greed for their ivory.
A little about elephants. They started their long evolutionary path to true elephanthood in the order of mammals known as Proboscidea perhaps 55-million years ago in North Africa, but would have been recognisable by 40-million years ago as palaeomastodons.