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Terrified mother elephant and calf cruelly attacked and pelted with fireballs by ‘villagers’

Villagers hurled flaming sticks and chased them with batons. Other photos show a group of elephants attempting to navigate a railway line which runs straight through their habitat. In another image, the herd are pelted with rocks.

NEIL MURPHY: ‘Furious villagers launched fireballs at a terrified elephant mother and her calf in an attempt to scare them away from a settlement. The majestic creatures were cruelly attacked by locals in eastern India, prompting an outcry from animal rights activists around the world. Disturbing images, taken in Bishnupur show the panicked animals fleeing as residents hurled flaming sticks and chased them with batons to deter them from damaging properties.

Reports claim that deforestation has forced the confused animals into areas inhabited by humans. Other heartbreaking photos show a group of elephants attempting to navigate a railway line which runs straight through their habitat. In another image, the herd are pelted with rocks. The shocking pictures have angered animal rights activists around the world. They have called for more to be done to protect elephants from encroaching deforestation’. SOURCE…

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