Two endangered Asian elephants were hit and killed Sunday by a passenger train near the city of Gauhati in northeastern India.
Wildlife warden Prodipta Baruah said the elephants were part of a herd of about 15 that had ventured into the area in search of food before dawn.
Baruah said the other elephants crossed the track and the final two were attempting to cross when the train struck them.
Wildlife workers and veterinarians arrived to perform autopsies on the elephants before burying them in nearby pits.
There was no major damage to the train and no passengers were injured.
Gauhati is in Assam state, which is home to several thousand wild Asian elephants. The animals are revered in Asia but are considered endangered due to habitat loss and poaching.
Roaming elephants in the region are struck by trains fairly regularly.
Please click to read our informative text prepared pursuant to the Law on the Protection of Personal Data No. 6698 and to get information about the cookies used on our website in accordance with the relevant legislation.
6698 sayılı Kişisel Verilerin Korunması Kanunu uyarınca hazırlanmış aydınlatma metnimizi okumak ve sitemizde ilgili mevzuata uygun olarak kullanılan çerezlerle ilgili bilgi almak için lütfen tıklayınız.