India passenger train kills 2 Asian elephants

2017-11-19 19:12
An Indian vet measures one of the endangered Asian elephants that were killed by a passenger train near Gauhati. (Anupam Nath, AP)

An Indian vet measures one of the endangered Asian elephants that were killed by a passenger train near Gauhati. (Anupam Nath, AP)

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Gauhati - Two endangered Asian elephants were hit and killed by a passenger train near the city of Gauhati in northeastern India on Sunday.

Wildlife warden Prodipta Baruah says the elephants were part of a herd of about 15 that had ventured into the area in search of food.

He says the other elephants crossed the track and the final two were attempting to cross when the train struck them.

Wildlife workers and veterinarians arrived to perform autopsies on the elephants before burying them in nearby pits.

Gauhati is in the Assam state, which is home to several thousand wild Asian elephants. The animals are revered in Asia but are considered endangered due to habitat loss and poaching.

Roaming elephants in the region are struck by trains fairly regularly.

Read more on:    india  |  conservation  |  endangered species

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