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Aug 28, 2014

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Drunken elephants rampage village

Wild elephants break into huts to get rice beer

Oct 21, 1999 - The Associated Press reports that drunken wild elephants tore about a village in India, trampling four people to death and injuring six.

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Elephant expert Kushal Konwar Sharma said the herd of 15 elephants descended on the village of Prajapatibosti, 180 miles east of Gauhati, state capital of northeastern Assam. They broke into a cluster of thatched huts and guzzled rice beer fermenting in casks.

"After drinking the beer the elephant herd became intoxicated and went on a rampage, trampling to death four members of a family," Sharma said.

At least 100 people have been killed in elephant attacks during the past year in Assam, where 5,000 wild elephants are estimated to be living. Human encroachment and a shrinking forest habitat have been the main causes of the problem, Sharma said.


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