25 Aug '13, 11pm
Elephants in India Mourn, Retaliate After Deadly Train Incident
Earlier this month, a train struck and killed an elephant in eastern India, near the village of Matari. While this, unfortunately, happens with some regularity in that region, the elephant’s herd are feeling grief and anger. About 15 elephants have been holding vigil near the site of the collision, disrupting other trains passing through. Mourning such as this is typical for elephants, but this particular herd is feeling a little extra anger, too. The elephants seem to understand that the death of their family member was human-related, and have taken revenge upon nearby villages. Villagers have been keeping watch all night, but it hasn’t stopped the heartbroken elephants, who have caused destruction to several homes and a schoolhouse.