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India's Elephant Perils Include Electrocution November 2, 2012
Indian Elephant
There are around 26,000 wild elephants in India. where they are known as “heritage” animals.
Almost 300 wild elephants have perished in India’s Orissa state over the past five years, with many being killed by accidental electrocutions.

The state’s forest and environment minister, Bijayshree Routray, told Press Trust of India that over a third of the pachyderms were killed when they came in contact with overhanging electrical wires as they foraged.

Many others were killed by poachers, train impacts and farmers who poisoned them to keep them from damaging crops.

While elephants are worshipped by many in India, shrinking habitat has brought on conflict between people and the animals.

This has led to the deaths of both elephants and humans.

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