Mother Elephant And Her Calf Attacked With Firebombs As Deforestation Drives Them Into The Paths Of Humans

Mother Elephant And Her Calf Attacked With Firebombs As Deforestation Drives Them Into The Paths Of Humans

A mob of people in an Indian village have brutally attacked an elephant and her calf, hurling firebombs at the pair after they wandered onto farmland.

Photographs show the two elephantscrossing a road fleeing a group of men who are launching flaming missiles at them.

The incident, in the village of Bishnupur – a remote settlement in West Bengal – appears to be part of an increasingly common phenomenon in the country where elephants were previously been regarded as a cultural icon.

But soaring deforestation in India has left wild animals with less space to live and is increasingly driving them into conflict with humans.

The images, taken by photographer Biplab Hazra, highlight the extraordinary level of violencethe endangered species faces as they try to survive in smaller, more fragmented habitats.

Here a mother and a calf are being chased away by locals using firebombs.

As the pair of elephants try to cross the road they are chased away by locals who repeatedly launched firebombs at elephants as they flee to take shelter.

If they do not have access to firebombs they use burning torches to make the elephants leave. Here’s a group of men chasing away herd of wild elephants.

If not swiping them with fiery sticks then villagers take pictures of them on their phones. Here’s a group of men chasing away herd of elephants while recording the incident on their phones.

A mother elephant and her calf escaping to a nearby railway line that had been built straight through their habitat. Photographer Biplab Hazra says that his aim is to raise awareness about the issues the elephants face with the increasing threat their habitat is under.

A group of men chasing away herd of elephants as they walk across a wide road in Bishnupur, India.

Photographer Biplab Hazra says, “There are many elephant corridors in human habitations.”

An angry elephant chases a group of men across farmland as they run through knee-deep water and high crops. Mr Hazra added: ‘This happens because the villagers have to save their crops’

A mother elephant and her calf try to navigate the railway tracks constructed through their habitat in Bishnupur, India. Mr Hazra added: ‘I try to show and spread my photos to increase public awareness on the matter’.

 

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