From A Floating Life

October 2, 2012 0 Comments

“These elephants have learned to hate people,” Pecheur said, “They attack
without provocation.”
“Where?” I asked.
“Wherever there are wild elephants. In the last year, there have been almost a
thousand attacks.”
“There’s no explanation?” I asked.
“I think they fear extinction. They’re fighting back.”
“But . . .”
“Futile?” The model maker gave a grim smile. “What else can they do?”

The photograph of this elephant is by Geir Kiste [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/
fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)
], via Wikimedia Commons. It is at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/
d/df/African_bull_elephant_Tanzania.jpg.

For further information about elephant attacks on people, see “Elephants Attack as Humans
Turn Up the Pressure
” (National Geographic), “An Elephant Crackup” (The New York Times),
and the various Youtube videos such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13qUJrMCoDU.

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