A video of a human-animal conflict on X (formerly Twitter) has once again angered many. The clip, shared by Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Parveen Kaswan, shows a group of men trying to scare an elephant using slippers. The incident took place in Assam and has once again raised concerns about human-wildlife interaction.
The video shows an elephant standing on top of a raised land with a man standing below trying to shoo the animal away using a slipper. Moments later, several men appear in the frame trying to do the same. But as the video progresses, the tusker is seen running towards the group. The video ends with the animal retreating.
“Identify the right animal here. Then these giants attack and we call them killers. Never do this, it is dangerous to life. The video is from Assam,” Mr Kaswan wrote along with the video.
Take a look below:
Identify the correct animal here. Then these giants attack and we call them killers. Never do this, it is dangerous to life. The video is from Assam. pic.twitter.com/e1yltV4RQP
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) December 7, 2023
Sir. Kaswan shared the clip on Thursday and since then it has accumulated more than 91,000 views and over 1,300 likes. The incident has sparked a debate online. While many expressed shock at the audacity of the men involved, others pointed out the risks involved in provoking a wild elephant.
“Putting their lives in extreme danger,” one user wrote. “Book them …. put them behind bars,” said another. “Why are they teasing him,” wondered a third X user. “What kind of initiatives are forest departments across the country taking to educate the masses about this,” expressed a fourth.
Meanwhile, in another similar incident, four men avoided a dangerous scenario earlier this year after trying to get close to a herd of wild elephants. In the video shared by Indian Forest Service officer Susanta Nanda, a group of tourists were seen approaching a herd of elephants inside a forest. They were heard making peculiar noises with their mouths. But as soon as the noise startled the elephants, they charged towards them.
Sir. Nanda posted the video along with a stern warning. “Ridiculous crowd behavior. A herd of elephants with a young calf can be very aggressive. Don’t risk your life. Allow them safe passage. They have the right of way,” he wrote.
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