Elephant kills man in India
An elephant roams the street Wednesday in Mysore, India, with a tranquilizer dart in its side.
June 8th, 2011
08:11 PM ET

Elephant kills man in India

A wild elephant trampled a man to death in Mysore, India, Wednesday, creating panic in the city.

Four elephants bore through the city around 6 a.m., straying from the town of Tirumakudalu Narsipura, about 35 kilometers (21 miles) from Mysore, according to The Times of India. One elephant was seen trampling to death a 55-year-old security guard at a bank ATM. The elephant also attacked a cow in the market and a moving bus in the street.

“The forest guards and officials from the Mysore zoo were alerted,” State Higher Education Minister S.A. Ramdas told the Times. “They rushed to the spot to control the jumbos by tranquilizing them.”

Two of the more destructive elephants were tranquilized, the Times reported, citing local officials. One barged into a women’s college compound and roamed the grounds while the other wreaked havoc in a residential area.

As a precaution, schools and colleges were closed for the day and extra police deployed.

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  1. FedUp2

    Obviously, the end is near. It's the four elephants of the apocalypse.

    June 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • John in NY

      Okay, I have to admit that this made me laugh.

      June 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • DisgruntledGrrl

      Ok, this one wins the internet for the day.

      June 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • iamthefredman

      Wild elephants running in the streets chasing cars, people, buses and cows... Hmm .. Where I live we have the same thing going on but the animals are squirrels, chipmunks and little tiny sparrow birds. One more reason to live the gool ole USA.
      Anyd why is that dumba$$ in the video approaching the elephant? The 2nd guy has to pull him away. Now I know how people get killed by an elephant on a city street. Normal people would see an elephant in the street and run the other way screaming like a little girl. This guy goes toward the animal. Duh.......

      June 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Quite frankly I'm pulling for the elephants.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. keith


    June 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jommy

    Same applies to Jesus

    June 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick Calvert

      Right. You think you could bring Jesus down with a single tranquilizer? And he would have rolled that bus with his super Jesus powers, btw.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name (Withheld)

      Jesus was killed by ELEPHANTS? I thought it was Romans.

      June 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rohan

    If Jesus is God, how come he got nailed badly and tortured ? 😉

    June 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • gus

      Because of your sinfullness, ignorance, and foolishness.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick Calvert

      ...you are referred to as "Christian" in America.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick Calvert


      Because of your sinfullness, ignorance, and foolishness... you are referred to as a "Christian" in America.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      Maybe you should do some research on a subject before making a comment – you might not come off as sounding so ignorant..

      June 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • haha

      o cmon. we're all just having a litle fun. but i can see how people with different levels of sensitivity read this thing and feel differently about the comments. bless you for standing up. i know i am not going to wiki "elephants in india" anytime soon

      June 9, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ILL WILL


      June 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teenage Elephant

      This really hurts my feelings. You are all so unkind and mean.

      June 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • RiverGold

      To forgive your sins. Mercy is God withholding his wrath and Grace is God's undeserved favor. God took the wrath upon him for yours and everyone's sins, so he was nailed to the cross. It is the only belief system( and not religion), that is not performance based but grace based.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joem

      Rohan, You have a good question, the answer he died for you.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rohan is an idiot

      Jesus isn't God. Jesus is the son of God you dolt

      June 9, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • veggiedude

      Then why is he so special? Aren't we all the son of god?

      June 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Christ

      Jesus is a fairy tale... Idiot

      June 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name(Witheld)

      Jesus was dragged to the cross by elephants? No wonder He was bruised.

      June 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • djbuticrude

      for YOU!!!

      June 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. billy

    hey guys a bit of a loner and i have no friends will you my friend

    June 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • haha

      billy let's you and me meet at the elephant bar happy hour later... you down?

      June 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name (Withheld)

      Maybe you are a rogue? Sarah Palin will be your friend.

      June 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Phatfreddy1978

    Watch the full video only at the TheYNC.com where the news is told as it is.

    June 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ash

    1) Elephants are not revered as Gods, and neither are cows... they are considered "sacred", having symbolic value and deserving respect. They are honored, not worshiped.

    2) Ganesh is not the "protector of obstacles", he is the remover of obstacles.

    C'mon CNN, don't you have any brown people in your office you can consult about these stories before you go on the air perpetuating misconceptions?

    June 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      I think that one elephant who was chasing the bus did not mean to attack anyone. He was just late for work and was trying to catch the bus

      June 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shiva

      Well said!

      June 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dubben

      Haha, thank you. This is the kind of reporting you get when two westerners try to feign expertise based on their 3-week backpacking trip through India after college.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. neetzz

    happens all the time in kerala,especially during temple festival,my hometown has those temple festival every year and i love everything about it except the way they treat the elephants.man is so mean,cruel ,they make them stand for days without rest or food or water and finally on the 10 th day(end of festival) either of the 10 elephants will go mad and kill someone.how can people overlook that. 😦 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD57_fJu-b4 this video is of the same temple i am talking about,you can see only 6 of them in video,rest are there to the sides.i love the melam to the core ,its like listening to the rock metal lol lol there is ritual where in i am supposed to drop the donation into a gold vessel kept in front of the deity which is kept on top of the main elephant of the group of 10.when its my turn,all i can look is into the sad,irritated,tears filled eyes of the elephants.and all that i pray is dnt let anyone go mad and kill anyone.

    June 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • KeeKeeDee

      You pray that they don't go mad. I pray that people just let animals live their lives. We do not need to interfere. Honestly, we don't need elephants working for us, in any capacity. Never.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Krishna

    Hi Max,
    I am sorry to say that west does not understand Hindu religion. Hindu religion sees God everywhere and in everything. We dont treat cows are trees as God. But we respect nature, trees, cows etc as much as we respect mother. This is because we are depending on them. It is due lack of that respect for nature that we are destroying the nature and creating problems for future generations. Modern India is no way exception for this. It is also following the world.

    So I request you to know the facts before making fun of anything, especially when it hurts some one.

    June 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick Calvert

      Well said. I'm sorry the West doesn't understand either. I have to live here.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • KeeKeeDee

      Well, "the West" is also reporting on these stories and providing forums like this one for people to be exposed to cultures around the world. You're faulting an entire hemisphere for that? Would you prefer we just don't mention India or Hindu, at all? Curious time to knock us.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robin


      What a Pathetic thing to say!! i mean really! ... Especially to Indians who have been one of the biggest supporters of USA. Just because you have a 'forum' that posts things about India and Hindus doesnt mean you can be Stereotypical about it.

      And hey its your JOB to report whats happenign in India anyways, because there are millions of us living there as immigrants and citizens. And by sayign 'West' Krishna didnt say anything wrong. America is mostly solely deemed as 'westerners' because of the whole arab situation right now. but to India almost everythign is west, Arabs, Europe and America. and you know what, they do the same thing everywhere... so dont take it personally. its just that Indians feel strange when Americans, that are mostly sensible, come out and say Ignorant crap which you normally would to an enemy states like in the middle east.

      June 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ayush

    Did everyone notice one thing?

    The elephant after being tranquilized has been released back into the wild, where he belongs. If it was any other country they would have Shot the poor creature

    June 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • max o mia

      other country = USA

      June 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • iamthefredman

      Call Bubba, Darrell, Rusty, and Crazy Willie and let 'em git that varmint with their shotguns. Double barrel 20 guage only. The redneck way. MMMMmmmm.. Good eating tonight !!!!

      June 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick Calvert

      Live by the sword...

      June 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Yes, that is sad. Elephants are one of the most intelligent creatures on Earth and deserve to be treated with respect. Humans are #1, but elephants are certainly challenging for the #2 spot.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • KeeKeeDee

      Thanks for assuming how every other country would respond. Wow, what gives you such insight? Trust me, there are many, many people in the USA (and it is the USA you're referring to, right?) who humanely work to rescue wildlife in America every single day. Many, many people.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Nahh, man, elephant's too tough. Even Darnell wouldn't try to cook one of those. Sting 'em with rat shot and send 'em runnin' the other way.

      June 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robin


      Wow way to generalize on my generalization. Since you are american let me point out that Americans and Canadians will PUT DOWN ANY creature that attacks/kills a Human. be it dogs, horses, wild animals .. etc

      Naturally WWF originates in US and everyone knows a good majority of americans are very caring of animals. So do many countries.. but Police/public issues are a different case than this. Please guarantee me if a police officer in your country would let the animal live after it has killed a human.

      I dont know why you are pickign out generalized arguments personally against USA... its frikkin wierd and frustrating to have someone's post being turned into a pathetic direction which it was not intended for.

      June 9, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. evergreen

    They were probably young elephants that strayed from their family group. If the elephant teenagers are not around adults, they become very destructive. Learned that from National Geographic.
    And...I does not have anything to do with Jesus for God's sake!!

    June 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teenage Elephant

      National Geo is always stereotyping us as destructive. They just don't make any effort to understand us or care about what we're thinking.

      June 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. DisgruntledGrrl

    Oh you went there.
    And it was damn funny.

    June 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ayush

    Okay Mr Perfect ... the 'Bulls eye' was so attractive to the elephant because he was runnung around with snipers and automatic rifles.. good observation. retard

    June 9, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John in NY

    Where is Bob Parsons when you need him?

    Maybe he could use that footage for his next godaddy commercial. lol!

    June 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. spoo

    I like that the animals were tranquilized, if that has happened in the US, those poor animals would been destroyed with machine guns by crazy rambo wannabes, and then the air force would bomb the forest to send a message to other elephants of what would happen if they try to do the same.. at least in India people is not crazy to do things like that

    June 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      No, they only kill off all the tigers to sell their parts to the Chinese.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lila

      Sadly you are right.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
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