Aug 21, 2009
Two French tourists were charged by a female elephant near Mudumalai Forest Ranges in Tamil Nadu. One of them, a retired school teacher died on the way to the hospital, while her sun suffered leg injuries.
This could be one of the rare incidences where a tourist was attached and killed by an elephant, but the incidences of tourist and elephant encounters are not uncommon. It happens regularly in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, where the tourist activity has increased manifold in last decade.
The forests in this region host a dense population of elephants that often comes into close encounteres with tourists. While elephants in groups are mostly harmless and only mock charge the tourists to keep them away, getting uncomfortably close to the herd can result in trouble. The web is full of stories of people who had to come face to face with the pachyderms in the forests of Madumalai, Bandipur, Nagarahole and Wayanad. It is a temptation to get closer to these beautiful animals and live the wildlife experience to the fullest, but wisdom lies in exercising caution and staying at a distance.
Read the full story of elaphant attach at http://www.hindu.com/2009/08/15/stories/2009081550750100.htm
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