The same elephant that trampled a 70-year-old woman returned to the funeral to attack her body on Saturday (11 June 2022). Elephant-related deaths in India are unfortunately becoming common due to increased human encroachment in animal habitats.

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On Thursday, a 70-year-old woman was unfortunately killed after an elephant trampled on her in Raipal village, Mayurbhanj.

Maya Murmu was attacked by the wild animal after it appeared out of nowhere in the East Indian state of Odisha. The Independent reports that the woman was drawing water at a well when the deadly incident happened.

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Elephant returns to trample 70-year-old woman’s corpse at funeral

The elephant had strayed from the Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary, located about 10 miles from the city of Jamshedpur.

Police officer Lopamudra Nayak explained that Murmu was rushed to hospital, but tragically succumbed to her injuries.

The very same elephant then returned to her funeral two days later and threw the corpse in the air before running away; Murmu’s body was lifted from the funeral pyre. It’s unknown whether anyone else was harmed, but the family only continued with the event once the elephant left.

Human-elephant conflicts are on the rise

From 2014 to 2019, 2361 humans were killed according to the Parliament by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, quoted in the Indian Express.

Elephant and human conflicts are rising as the wild animals are losing their natural habitats, forcing them into residential areas.

Climate change is also a factor; with temperatures increasing, wildlife has resorted to hunting new resources thus placing them in close proximity to humans.

West Bengal and Odisha had the highest death figure in 2014 – 2019, with farmers being the most vulnerable as they get accidentally killed trying to protect their crops, reports CNN.

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3 other horrific elephant-related deaths in India

July 2021

45-year-old Pachkal Mura was trampled to death after a crowd provoked a herd of elephants by Marangi Tea Estate in the Golaghat district of Assam in northeastern India.

The scene was filmed and uploaded to Twitter by Indian Forest Service official Parveen Kaswan.

One elephant strayed from the group, prompting the crowd to run away but Mura didn’t manage to escape.

Warning: Please be advised of very distressing viewing. The clip below shows a tragic loss of life as an Elephant tramples Pachkal to death.

June 2022

Ramdhan Gond lost his life this weekend after a wild elephant attacked him in his backyard. The 47-year-old returned home in Chhattisgarh’s Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district and was lifted by the trunk, before getting flung to the ground and trampled.

NDTV reports that he died on the spot on Saturday (11 June), while his wife managed to escape. Shockingly, this is the fourth death as a result of elephants in the district since March.

September 2021

36-year-old P Viji was attacked by an elephant in the Idukki district of Kerala after her bike skidded at a hairpin bend. Her bike slipped when U-turning after spotting the animal on the road. Viji was cycling with her husband and they both fell before the elephant charged and trampled Viji.

Her husband sustained minor injuries.

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