New Dehli, India - For the uneducated simpletons that believe animals, like Elephants are unfeeling, uncaring beast that Humans are allowed to subjugate,
For those who refuse to admit that our planet's wondrous creatures are filled with as much love and emotions as most humans are, then after reading this story and witnessing this tragedy, if your intelligence is so lacking that you can not see the truth laid out before you, then putting it simply, you can go F*CK off.
If this story does not enlighten humans for the need to respect, rather than ride Elephants, or use them as slave labor, then without question we know whom the 'lower life form' truly is.
Because of your lack of comprehension, here is a hint: It's You, not them
A female elephant mother watched in horror as her baby calf, who wandered off from her side, vanished over a cliff and into a 10-foot deep pit.
With the shear terror of witnessing her newborns sudden disappearance, the mother, followed by another of the herd calf came rushing over.
With her understandable emotions stressed, the mother and calf failed to judge the seemingly invisible crevasse and the two also tumbled down into the ill-conceived and certainly ill planned, man made excavation.
The mother fractured her leg and sustained a severe head injury, while the calf who landed on her miraculously escaped with only minor injuries.
Valiant efforts were made to rescue her, but after suffering through hours of 19 hours of pain, the loving Mother Elephant, mercifully, succumbed to the pain of her injuries.
When the rescuers were able to remove enough dirt to build a ramp for the two calves to leave, one left the horrific carnage quickly, but one calf refused to leave his dead mother's side.
As onlookers watch the scene play out, they tearfully witnessed the young calf who, not understanding the severity of his mother's injuries, continued for some time to try to awaken his 'Sleeping Beauty.'
Eventually the rescuers were able to coax the baby away from his mother's lifeless body and after a quick exam revealed that this poor creature who was the calf who originally fell into the excavation, received only minor injuries.
The Industrial and Electronics Park was being constructed over 150 acres in an environmentally sensitive zone near Kaziranga National Park.
Elephants roam long distances, searching for food and water in what is called an elephant corridor.
What makes this sorrow, even more tragic is the fact that this was completely preventable, the cause was simple human stupidity. The company in charge of the site, Patanjali was negligent in their planning of the park and their utter failure to take precautions, so elephants would not wander into the danger area.
A representative from Patanjali said the organization was aware of elephant movements in this sensitive area and had posted people around the site to keep watch for animal movement, but they were unable to prevent the incident.
Maybe it's me, but for a "lookout" not to have witnessed a 4 ton elephant mother, along with two calves with an unknown numbered herd, strolling by completely unnoticed, leads me to dispute Patanjali claims that they were indeed worried about elephant safety.
Patanjali also plans to build an herbal garden which can act as an elephant refuge, the representative added in a lame and if not for this tragedy, almost humorous attempt to show that they are a wonderful caring company.
The Assam Forest Department has filed a police complaint against the builder of Patanjali Mega Herbal and Food Park for negligence in providing safety to wild elephants and digging pits at the construction site.
There were more than 14 open pits and some of them were filled up with earth after Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma visited the site after the death of the elephant, Jasim Ahmed, Additional Conservator of Forest, West Sonitpur Forest Division, said.
The Forest Minister had instructed the builder to keep half of the over-200-acre land free from any excavations or debris that could have harmed the elephants that used this corridor for travel.