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Seven Elephants Killed by Speeding Train in India [Herd remain vigilant over dead and injured]
TELEGRAPH.CO.UK ^ | 6:30AM BST 24 Sep 2010 | Wildlife Staff

Posted on 09/24/2010 6:10:44 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay

A speeding goods train has crushed seven elephants to death in eastern India after the animals tried to rescue two calves that got stuck in the tracks.

The baby elephants became trapped as a herd was crossing the line in a densely forested area in the northern district of Jalpaiguri in West Bengal state on Wednesday night.

"Five elephants died immediately on the track while two others succumbed to their injuries on Thursday morning," Atanu Raha, West Bengal's chief forest conservator, said. The adults had crowded around the stricken calves to protect them when they were hit, he added. The two calves were among the dead.

Traffic was suspended overnight and the surviving members of the herd were still at the scene in the morning, watching over the dead and injured, he said.

More than 20 elephants had died in a little over a year in the area, which is a known corridor for the wild animals, the official said.

He said the train was travelling at 43mph when the speed limit was restricted to a maximum of 24mph.

"We have lodged a complaint with the local police station against the railway," he added. More:

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: elephants; india; nationalheritage; speedingtrain
March 2010 Elephants nurse mate hit by train - The Times of India


KOLKATA: Dozens of elephants blocked a railway track running through a forest in northern West Bengal as they nursed one of their mates hit by a running train.

Train services were held up on the Siliguri-Alipurduar section that cuts through Dooars forest in eastern India after a freight train crashed into a herd of elephants crossing the tracks Tuesday night.

A male elephant was hurt and it fell on the rail line. Despite efforts by its mates to pull the injured animal back on its feet.

"Being human is not a matter of form but characteristics and elephants have the same characteristics as humans." They love each other, tenderly care for their young, celebrate birth and reunion, love to play, mourn their dead, and have the moral ability to know right from wrong. If they come upon a dead elephant, they stop, honor and pay tribute to them. They cover them with leaves and ask for permission to move on."

"The dying elephant lifted her trunk and put it on the man's arm to pull it away from the rifle. To keep him from killing her baby.." From stories of these magnificent, highly intelligent and evolved beings - Pachyderm Power.

1 posted on 09/24/2010 6:10:49 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

This story reminds me of a joke I first heard in the 1970s:

http://books.google.com/books?id=vsZYihpCoHMC&pg=PA197&lpg=PA197&dq=joke+elephant+train+asses&source=bl&ots=q4o2ezAe_w&sig=3TzgBO3-I_k-za-B2PHKGU-DfI0&hl=en&ei=nUqdTOSMNoXAsAPurvXVAQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false


2 posted on 09/24/2010 6:15:51 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: fight_truth_decay

Was the train the “Tea Party Express”?


3 posted on 09/24/2010 6:16:15 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: SparkyBass

And seven IS a lucky number.


4 posted on 09/24/2010 6:26:18 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: fight_truth_decay

A sad, but apparently rare, albeit tragic, occurrence.


5 posted on 09/24/2010 6:28:04 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Do we blame Bush, Cheney, Rove or all three?


6 posted on 09/24/2010 6:28:30 PM PDT by South40 (Filled with hatred for those who disagree, democrats are the most intolerant bigots on earth)
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To: South40

We blame Man.


7 posted on 09/24/2010 6:40:30 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay
We blame Man.

Where the hell is Willie Green at a time like this?

8 posted on 09/24/2010 6:44:27 PM PDT by dearolddad
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To: SparkyBass

“The Republican Vote.”
Considered strong and brave.

9 posted on 09/24/2010 6:45:47 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: dearolddad

Installing wind power?


10 posted on 09/24/2010 6:46:59 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

Oh Pulleze! So Sanjay was just out mowing down elephants?!!


11 posted on 09/24/2010 6:49:21 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: mylife
How many elephants must die???????????
12 posted on 09/24/2010 6:52:21 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

elephants have the same characteristics as humans.” They love each other, tenderly care for their young, celebrate birth and reunion, love to play, mourn their dead, and have the moral ability to know right from wrong. If they come upon a dead elephant, they stop, honor and pay tribute to them. They cover them with leaves and ask for permission to move on.”

Are you paying attention RNC?


13 posted on 09/24/2010 7:01:44 PM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: Willie Green

Elephant hamburger train ping!


14 posted on 09/24/2010 7:03:21 PM PDT by TSgt (Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho - 44th and current President of the United States)
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To: fight_truth_decay

that is a sad story.


15 posted on 09/24/2010 7:05:28 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: beebuster2000

ban the trains!


16 posted on 09/24/2010 7:09:57 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: beebuster2000

What they really need is high speed rail
...


17 posted on 09/24/2010 7:10:06 PM PDT by Flavius
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To: beebuster2000

Yeah, it is. Too bad too many commentators think its funny.

That gives all conservatives a bad name.

Elephants DO care for each other, have a high level of intelligence and are extremely social. In many ways, they have similar qualities to human beings.


18 posted on 09/24/2010 7:12:37 PM PDT by ZULU (No nation which tried to tolerate Islam escaped Islamization)
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To: ZULU

A good book is “When Elephants Weep”.

They are amazing creatures - deserving of our respect.


19 posted on 09/24/2010 7:23:01 PM PDT by Aria ( "Remember, attitudes are contagious, so make sure yours are worth catching." Sarah Palin 9-18-2010)
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To: ZULU
In many ways, they have similar qualities to human beings.

And, likely, not as many of the negative aspects.

20 posted on 09/24/2010 7:23:52 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: ZULU

Lighten up Francis.


21 posted on 09/24/2010 7:24:02 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years)
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To: South40

Or Palin.

I’m sure if they look hard enough, they’ll be able to blame Britain or the U. S. ultimately.


22 posted on 09/24/2010 7:37:32 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (All hail Prince Skid-mark, Barack Hussein Obama, constantly soiling himself and our nation.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Its hard for me to lighten up on this. I love guns, hunting, America, animals, and American history, among too many other things.


23 posted on 09/24/2010 7:54:15 PM PDT by ZULU (No nation which tried to tolerate Islam escaped Islamization)
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To: ZULU
They are considered incarnations of Ganesh. Photobucket
24 posted on 09/24/2010 8:09:34 PM PDT by rahbert
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To: fight_truth_decay

What do you give a stampeding elephant for its birthday?

A wide berth.

What do you give Hillary Clinton for her birthday?

Not a wide berth, she already has one.


25 posted on 09/24/2010 8:14:03 PM PDT by ResponseAbility (Prepare for battle and never forsake the Lord...unknown)
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To: fight_truth_decay

That can’t possibly be good for the train.


26 posted on 09/24/2010 8:18:18 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?)...Richard Frank DeCamp, 11/13/34-9/15/10, R.I.P.)
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To: Marty62
They cover them with leaves and ask for permission to move on.”
..whom[who?] do we cover with leaves and move on?
27 posted on 09/24/2010 8:45:42 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: RichInOC
Bad Rich!
28 posted on 09/24/2010 8:46:27 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: ZULU
..the speed is the killing factor and would think at even that speed also would see far enough ahead for something that large..happens too often, searched and found multiple stories.

So many died in that one accident.

Sometimes you have to love animals more than some people..

29 posted on 09/24/2010 8:53:51 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: ZULU

Maybe, I will just say Screw to politics, plus all that goes with it and go save the elephants!!


30 posted on 09/24/2010 8:59:45 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: ZULU

You are right, it isn’t funny, it is very sad.


31 posted on 09/24/2010 9:26:55 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: ZULU

It is just sickening the way some of the members seem to revel in accounts of animals being injured or killed. The great Christian writer C.S. Lewis wrote very eloquently about how a compassionate relationship with animals is an essential aspect of being close to God.


32 posted on 09/24/2010 11:30:05 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Bob Dole
Fred Gundy
Alan Keys
Ralph Reed
etc etc etc.


33 posted on 09/25/2010 4:57:07 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: ZULU

Elephants are much smarter than jackasses.


34 posted on 09/25/2010 7:25:39 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Clem Hussein Kadiddlehopper would be a vast improvement.)
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To: kabumpo

“He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.”


35 posted on 09/25/2010 10:45:42 AM PDT by ZULU (No nation which tried to tolerate Islam escaped Islamization)
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To: RipSawyer

And REAL Elephants are smarter than RINOs.


36 posted on 09/25/2010 10:46:35 AM PDT by ZULU (No nation which tried to tolerate Islam escaped Islamization)
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