As many as 23 wild elephants breached the boundaries of Karang Ampar village, Ketol
district, Central Aceh, on Monday. According
to locals, the attack was the second of its kind, after a dozen wild elephants
previously invaded Karang Ampar and a neighboring village.
angry animals caused damaged to at least two hectares of chili fields and rice paddies.
Local residents tried to remove the animals but to no avail.
fact, one of the villagers, Hamdan, almost become a casualty of the attack
after he and his family decided to sleep in a hut
located in the middle of the field to avoid the animals.
“We were really tired and were not aware that the elephants had
already surrounded the hut. But they didn’t attack us, they just ate the
grass,” he said as quoted by Tribunnews.com.
Animal invasions into villages have reportedly become quite
common in rural Indonesia as the government has failed to control land
expansion, both for housing and crops, which takes over the animals’ natural