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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Man gored to death as rampaging elephants leave trail of destruction

A wild elephant attacks a vehicle on a street in Mysore, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, Wednesday, June 8, 2011.
A wild elephant charges towards people standing on a building in Mysore, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, Wednesday, June 8

Two wild elephants went on a rampage in a southern Indian city, killing at least one person.

Television news showed the body of a man at the feet of one of the animals in Mysore yesterday.

The footage also showed an elephant kicking a cow.

Experts spent hours trying to tranquillise the animals and asked residents to stay indoors and not throw stones at them. The elephants left a trail of destruction behind them in the Bamboo Bazaar district during their three hour rampage.

"The two elephants entered our city and started stomping over everything," said an eyewitness. "One of them even entered a market place and crushed a man to death within minutes."

Every year hundreds of people across India die when wild animals wander into cities as their natural habitats shrink and they have to range further into built-up areas for food.

A Karnataka state minister, SA Ramdas, told the AFP news agency the elephants entered the city from a nearby forest.

Two other elephants are still at large on the outskirts of the city, about 87 miles from Bangalore.

India's national parks suffer massive encroachment from people who live and forage for food in the forests or graze their cattle inside.

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