Bijlee, a 58-year-old elephant, collapsed under her own weight on June 11 in suburban Mulund. Weighing 5000 kilograms, the pachyderm is suffering from degenerative joint disease brought on by her obesity. She now needs to go on a crash diet to lose 1500 kilos.
THE SMELL WAS ghastly and the sight even worse. Twenty-five elephants lay dead in a riverbed in the Ayeyawady (Irrawaddy) delta in southwestern Myanmar. “The stench is what led villagers to the bodies in the first place,” says Aung Myo Chit, the Smithsonian Institution’s Myanmar country coordinator, who also leads a local NGO, Growth for Prosperity, that helps rural residents avoid deadly conflicts with elephants.
One sultry afternoon in October 2002, a small paddy farmer (who prefers not to be named) in Sonitpur district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam bought a few packets of Demecron, an organophosphorus-based pesticide. Demecron was then banned in the district; however, the lethal pesticide was still abundantly available in the black market as it continued to fetch buyers like him among the district’s farmers. The reason was obvious: to deter pests that had been regularly raiding crops in various parts of the district.
- Myanmar has seen an increase in the number of elephants killed over the past several years, with some of the carcasses found skinned.
- A report by the U.K.-based conservation group Elephant Family has identified growing demand for elephant skin products from Myanmar’s giant neighbor, China, which it blames for driving elephant poaching in the Southeast Asian country.
- Conservationists are calling on the Myanmar government to boost law enforcement, beef up forest patrols, and increase conservation outreach and awareness on elephants in the country
Mysuru: Did officials of the Nagarahole National Park goof up when sedating a captive elephant that collapsed and died en route to its forest camp in Hebbale Tuesday evening?
The darting was done in the Kolangere range and the elephant, Lakshmeesh, which was walking to its Hebbale camp, about 10 km away, collapsed and died from exhaustion, before it could reach it, say park sources.