Thursday, October 25, 2007

Six Drunk Elephants Electrocuted

The AP reported Tuesday on the sudden deaths of six wild, drunken elephants.

GAUHATI, India — Six Asiatic wild elephants were electrocuted as they went berserk after drinking rice beer in India's remote northeast, a wildlife official said today.

Nearly 40 elephants came to a village on Friday looking for food. Some found beer, which farmers ferment and keep in plastic and tin drums in their huts, said Sunil Kumar, a state wildlife official.

They got drunk, uprooted a utility pole carrying power lines and were electrocuted in Chandan Nukat, a village nearly 150 miles west of Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya state, Kumar said.

"There would have been more casualties had the villagers not chased them away," said Dipu Mark, a local conservationist.

The elephants are known to have a taste for rice beer brewed by tribal communities in India's northeast. Four wild elephants died in similar circumstances in the region three years ago.

I'm glad even the conservationist is concerned about conserving human lives and not just elephants. American environmentalists would be screaming about the cruelty to the elephants, and the villagers be damned.

Still, what are you going to do about elephants with a taste for beer? Tell them to Just Say No?

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