Crazed elephants kill security guard during three-hour rampage in Indian city


Rampage: A wild elephant gores a security guard Mysore, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka

At least one man was killed amid widespread panic when two wild elephants went on a rampage across a southern Indian city.

The raging elephants left a trail of destruction across a suburb of the city of Mysore, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, after they walked into town from a nearby forest, leaving residents running for their lives.

One man, a 55-year-old from the Bamboo Bazaar district, was trampled to death after he came out of his house to see what was going on.

Tussle: One of the elephants also attacked a cow as it caused havoc across the city

Footage shown on New Delhi Television news shows the body of another man at the feet of one of the animals being repeatedly gored, butted and trampled.

The footage also shows an elephant angrily kicking a cow.

Officials ordered residents to stay indoors and urged them not to throw stones at the raging elephants for fear of provoking them further.

The two young elephants came with two others from a forest about 22 miles from Mysore. The other pair remain at large on the outskirts of the city, which is 87 miles from Bangalore.

Every year hundreds of people across India die when wild animals wander into cities as their natural habitats shrink and they have to range farther for food.

Havoc: An elephant, with a tranquliser dart in its side, brushes past a car as it lumbers along a street, sending people fleeing in terror

Trail of destruction: The same elephant attacks a pair of motorcycles resting against a wall

India's national parks suffer massive encroachment from people who live and forage for food in the forests or graze their cattle inside.

'Unregulated expansion of farm lands and increasing movement of people and transport vehicles through the elephant corridor are making the wild jumbos enter into villages and towns in search of food and shelter,' one official told AFP.

After a three-hour hunt, the two elephants were eventually brought down with tranquiliser darts and captured. They are set to be released back into the wild.

Fear: Mysore residents were ordered to stay indoors, and urged not to throw stones at the beasts for fear of enraging them further

source: dailymail