Wild Indian Elephant Dies Trying to Escape Captivity
Maharaj died trying to break free, illustrating how Indian officials are often ill-equipped to deal with crop-raiding elephants.
From almost the moment Maharaj had been locked in, he beat his head and trunk against the sides of his small wooden cage. Using his body as a wrecking ball, the Asian elephant succeeded in cracking two of its logs. Other than stopping to eat a bit of sugarcane and coconut leaves, his violent attempts to free himself were constant, people present at the elephant camp in India’s Anamalai Tiger Reserve told the Hindu.
Then around 4:10 p.m. on June 21, Maharaj slammed himself into the wooden structure one last time and collapsed. Within five minutes, he was dead.
He’d been in captivity for 46 hours.
A postmortem examination concluded that Maharaj died from multiple fractures on the front of his