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. Alert CItizen

    Max is exactly the "category" of people who instigate retaliatory behavior!

    June 9, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • KeeKeeDee

      Because he died for our sins. He suffered so that we do not have to. Anything else?

      June 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elephant Trainer

      "He suffered so that we do not have to." Then what the crap are we suffering for?

      June 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. iamthefreman

    YUCK, YUCK, YUCK !!!!!! lol

    June 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. max o mia

    max, you are just another stupid ignorant american

    June 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tamars

    your comment is ignorant and crude – not funny.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hasher Iva

    I guess the guy stole the elephants ATM card.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ben

    unfortunately this is symptomatic of over-population and has been occuring more frequently in the last few decades. The Indian population keeps expanding into what used to be jungle and natural habitats for animals like the elephant- and elephants respond with surprise attacks every once and awhile. Its nice that they're tranquilizing them and not shooting them, but the real problem is that there are too many f%$# people!

    June 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • iamthefredman

      @Ben – Good points. Let's shoot the people and let the animals run wild. Wait, uhhh, which ones are the animals???

      June 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amit

      Though you have a valid point about people invading animal's home because of destroying animal's niche but that is true for any country not just India. It is true for human being throughout history. They always destroyed animal's home and result is extinction of so many animals. America is built by cutting out forest and killing animals living inside jungles. There are many problems which are related to increasing population in India but this is definitely not one of them. In India, there are protected parks and sanctuaries and there is a ban on cutting forest. So, forest areas are still same, Infact, it is increased because of plantation in last 2-3 decades. In this case, elephant wandered to city by mistake. Another thing, we have a ban on poaching in India. Sometimes, though there is an increase in animal population inside jungle and they come out.

      June 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. james

    the elephant couldn't read the braille at the drive up window. i can't either. still can't figure that one out. anyone?

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

      that's too funny. if you need to read braille you shouldn't be driving. i'm just waking up. forgive me.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SAY WHAT!!!

    @ Joe – can't blame your stupidity it is natural after generations of inbreeding.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. gus

    Walking in darkness is whst generates all this stupid comments.......

    June 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Stepping in elephant doo doo generates a lot of stupid comments.

      June 9, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rick Calvert

    In America, police will kill a MAN for such violence. In India; tranquilizers for animals. Such restraint is admirable.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Big Brain

    I can understand trampling people, but why harrass the cow?

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

      Agreed! What did that poor cow ever do. God bless the cow. May he rest in peace 😦

      June 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony Weiner

      That cow had no fight in him at all!

      June 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evan

      Ancient beef between the two species, elephants never forget.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      BTW, the cow did not die.. Or rather it was a water buffallow and they are rugged animals.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      It's a behavior called displacement. When an animal - including human animals– gets worked up and cannot attack what is making him angry, he'll go for something easy that is nearby. The cow was available and easy. It's the same reason a man comes home and kicks the dog when things are bad at work, and the reason that a fight will break out between dogs behind a fence when a dog outside the fence is aggressive toward them.

      My sympathy lies with the elephants. If I was chased by a horde of people yelling and throwing things at me, I'd act out too.

      June 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ken

    The elephants are infants. If you notice the size of the elephant relative to the vehicle it is rubbing against and the size of its tusk you can tell it is a baby elephant. The flock probably wandered away from the parent elephants and were confused by the populated city area they got into. Like another reader mentioned, national geographic had mentioned this kind of aggressive tendency in one of its shows.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      These are Asian elephants; they are not as large as African elephants. You can see that the elephant was still huge compared to a cow.

      June 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • RoseMcB

      Sorry, Steve. Ken's right. Despite their being Asian elephants, these were juveniles, relatively small, which was fortunate for the bus and the poor cow. I'm guessing they somehow got separated from the larger grouping of adults and, confused, reacted the way most teenagers do – frustration and anger. Sad for the security man, RIP and condolences to his family, but at least the Indian authorities did the prudent thing and tranquilized to remove them, rather than kill them.

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

      National Geo is always making us look like thugs. They have it in for elephants because they don't respect us. I'm gonna go cut myself.

      June 9, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. shark

    Seem like the GOP is on the Campaign Trail.

    If you ask SP, she will say that the video of the pachiderm trampling the guard is a lie, and the result of 'gotcha journalism'.

    The should do the same with the local GOP Elphants – tranquilize them, and put them out to pasture.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. james

    only the animals know why they are upset , what is the excuse for the people?

    June 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • sp

      You really don't know why the witnesses were attacked ? 🙂 The claim is that these witnesses take advantage of Indian peoples' poverty by offering them money in exchange for converting to their Christian denomination. The tricky thing is that a lot of Indians feel that this is wrong but then they don't do much to alleviate the poverty and discrimination faced by a lot of these conversion candidates (many times people from the so called lower castes). For them they are at least treated with dignity and respect in Christianity.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
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