A few days ago, a tusker (elephant with tusks) was going wild in a village in West Bengal India, when it suddenly stopped to rescue a baby. According to The Independent, Dipak Mahato and his wife were having dinner when they some cracking noise. When they went in the baby room, they found the elephant sitting in their room, over the baby between the smashed walls.
Mr Mahato said “We ran over and were shocked to see the wall in pieces and a tusker standing over our baby. She was crying and there were huge chunks of the wall lying all around and on the cot. The tusker started moving away but when our child started crying again, it returned and used its trunk to remove the debris.”
The elephant started to pick up gently the pieces of wall that fell on the baby, while her parents were watching amazed. The baby was taken to hospital and she is out of any danger now.
I wondered why an elephant would run wild like that in the village and I found out that because people started to build more and more, they have occupied lands that were used by elephants in their migration patterns and now herds of elephants run quite often through the area.