Elephants are among the most intelligent and intuitive species in the animal kingdom, despite their obtuseness. They wear their hearts on their sleeves, just like humans, and it’s pretty obvious when something bothers them. This was the case with one Indian elephant. A large crowd gathered to watch this elephant dig a hole in the mud for 11 hours straight and all night long. The villagers were well aware that this was not typical behavior and that something was terribly wrong to cause her to act in this manner. However, the bystanders were shocked when they realized what she was doing…
A herd of about 60 elephants was spotted walking through a dusty region of northeastern India in 2015. The rainy seasons and high altitude of this landscape are well-known. The royal Bengal tiger, leopard golden cat, fishing cat, marbled cat, and other animals live in the region’s forests. The elephants had been traveling for miles when something truly terrible happened.
The one weird elephant
The elephants were traveling through Chatra district, about 100 miles from Ranchi, the state capital of Jharkhand. The city has a temperate climate and served as Bihar’s summer capital until Jharkhand was split up in 2000. As a result, it is known as the “City of WaterFalls” and a place where elephants can be seen from time to time. Migrating elephants were nothing new to the villagers. But one, in particular, caught their attention…
Used to traveling elephants
Elephants are the world’s largest land mammals. Humans are their only predators. Elephants are gentle animals unless they are forced to be otherwise by the need to protect themselves. They are accustomed to traveling elephants in the Chatra district. But there was something odd about one elephant, in particular, this time…
What was the elephant doing?
This elephant’s behavior was mysterious and erratic. The other elephants were no longer visible. Instead, villagers surrounded her in a muddy field as the hours passed. What had she been up to? What had caused her to become separated from the rest of her herd? But these questions would be answered soon…
Why was she alone?
Elephants live in large groups with male and female elephants separated. Males and females only interact with each other for mating purposes and brief social interactions. Females live in a group for the rest of their lives and raise their children together. So when the villagers saw this elephant alone, it was a strange sight. However, they soon discovered why…
Causing quite the stir
The elephant created quite a stir; she was agitated, and the locals couldn’t figure out why. The villagers watched as the elephant, now separated from her herd, pushed her trunk into the dirt. But the question on everyone’s mind was why she left the herd in the first place.
Going to look at what the elephant was doing
Elephants do not abandon one another. When an elephant is injured, the other elephants try to help, even if staying and helping puts them in danger. If an elephant in the group is forced to move slowly due to injury or old age, the other elephants in the group will follow suit. When an elephant dies, the entire herd mourns his loss. However, the herd was nowhere to be found, and this lonely elephant was acting strangely on his own. The villagers were taken aback and decided to investigate what the elephant was up to.
Eager to attack
The villagers were curious as to what the elephant was up to. However, they were concerned that the elephant had been injured and was ready to attack. The villagers were aware that something was wrong, but they were too afraid to investigate. Finally, however, one man stepped forward to take a look.
The elephant snapped!
Jitendra Tiwari, a villager who was tired of waiting, approached the elephant slowly. He got closer to the elephant with each step. He was well aware that he would be required to persuade the elephant to trust him. So he walked slowly towards the elephant. He was balancing on his toes. The elephant, however, noticed him and snapped!
An angry elephant
The elephant, according to Jitendra Tiwari, had an angry but also terrified expression on his face. The elephant began to make noise for Jitendra to move away from him. That’s exactly what he did. Jitendra returned to the other villagers, but he had seen something. He waved to them, eager to tell them what he had seen.
The elephant was trying to dig something
He realized she was sifting through the dirt. The elephant braced herself by burying her trunk in a large ditch with her back legs. She worked quickly, removing as much mud as she could from the hole. But Jitendra was baffled as to why the elephant was acting in this manner.