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Wild elephants run amok after trapped calf dies in hole

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Sat, October 28 2017   /  12:52 am

A herd of 12 wild elephants ran amok in a village in Langkat regency, North Sumatra, after failing to rescue an elephant calf that was trapped in a hole.

Nine coconut trees, eight palm trees, five shacks and a jackfruit tree owned by the local residents of Sumber Waras village, Batang Serangan subdistrict, Langkat regency, were destroyed by the raging elephants. No one was killed in the incident.

North Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) Region II conservation head Herbert Aritonang said the elephants went on a rampage after they witnessed the baby elephant die in a narrow hole 1.5 meters deep.

For three days, the wild elephants attempted to rescue the trapped calf, but they instead pushed it deeper into the hole, which likely existed because of a removed stump, he said. “The baby elephant’s body was pushed down because the soil around the hole...