Elephant Tramples Woman
A woman was run over in India last week by a wild elephant that later returned to attack the woman’s body during her funeral, the New York Post reports.
According to India’s online newspaper The Print, 70-year-old Maya Mormo was collecting water from a well in Raipal village when he described a wild elephant, as “tusk”.
Which means his fangs are so long that they reach the ground – which they have escaped from the Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary, trampled upon.
Murmo was taken to a nearby hospital, where she died of her injuries, according to Rasgovindpur Police Station Inspector Lopamudra Nayak.
Later that night, while the family was performing its last rites, which include cremation in a funeral pyre, the elephant returned and raised Murmo’s body and threw it into the air before leaving.
The family recovered the body and continued the ceremony, according to eyewitnesses.
Duncan McNair, the attorney who founded the Asian elephant conservation group, told Newsweek when asked about the incident.
: “These endangered elephants can be very dangerous, especially when provoked or mistreated.”
McNair noted, “Elephants are generally benign and passive…They don’t rush out of nowhere to attack people who pose no threat to their safety, children, or anything like that.
[This event is] surprising because it shows no provocation from the elephant.”
He added: “It is possible that if he [the elephant] was still around at the time of the funeral, which is not clear, he would have recognized the remains.
He may have seen it or smelled it, and he may have associated that woman with a disaster for her or her herd. This is entirely possible.”