Endangered elephant suffocates to death on farmer’s fence in India

Killed by its search for food: Elephant suffocates to death on Indian farmer’s fence after getting stuck while climbing over it

  • The enormous animal was killed in Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka, India
  • It got stuck and later died after hurdling a fence to eat from a farmer’s field 
  • The Indian elephant was said to have been 42 years old at the time of its death

An endangered elephant tragically suffocated in India after it attempted to hurdle a farm fence to get a bite to eat.

Heartbreaking footage captured in the Nagarhole National Park in southern India’s Karnataka State shows the enormous animal being wrenched free by locals after it became stuck and died. 

Local media said the animal had already successfully hurdled the fence and eaten from a farmer’s field, but got stuck on its way out.     

According to the national park’s director, the elephant suffocated after its diaphragm was compressed because it was stuck

The huge Indian elephant was reportedly 42 years old at the time of its death, and comes from a breed which is classed as ‘severely endangered’ by the WWF. 

According to Nagarhole National Park director K.M. Narayanaswamy, the elephant’s diaphragm was compressed when the animal was stuck and so its vital organs were denied oxygen and the elephant passed away.

In the video, a group of people can be seen pushing the elephant off the fence and the huge animal can then be seen falling backwards and lying motionless on the ground.

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Shocking pictures showed it being dragged off the fence by locals after it was discovered dead

Reports state that 20 miles of fencing have been erected using state funds to try and stop elephants from damaging farmers’ crops.

The decision to erect the fences was reportedly criticised by conservationists and environmentalists who claimed the fencing would lead to an elephant dying.

A retired forest official named H.C. Kantharaju told reporters that the fences had lowered the damage done to farmers’ crops and that the height of the fences could be increased to try and stop elephants from climbing over them.

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