It happened in Ajnashuli, West Bengal, India, as a protective mother elephant had been pelted by local citizens shortly after giving birth to her infant calf. The Daily Mail reports the mother tried desperately to get her baby to its feet, but it was too weak after becoming ill.
Villagers started to throw stones at the two; the mother elephant became enraged and charged at Shailen Mahato, 27, and trampled him to death. Witnesses state the elephant tried to warn the villagers to leave her alone with her baby by stamping her feet and kicking up dust as she stood protectively over her calf. At the time the elephant had been trying to prod the calf to move to the nearby forest.
Not long after the attack, ten other elephants came to the mother’s aid and appeared to terrify and chase the villagers.
Forest rangers have since roped off the area until the baby elephant is strong enough to be moved into the jungle. Authorities are waiting until the mother elephant calms down.
Never mess with a mom!
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