Elephant Causes Panic in Bihar Village as Thirst Leads It Astray

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Bihar, March 26, 2024 – Chaos ensued in Baliyari village, under Jhari Panchayat of Amas police station, as an elephant unexpectedly wandered into the village late Monday night. The incident, occurring around 9:30 PM, prompted villagers to raise alarms and create a ruckus, leading to the expulsion of the elephant from the village.

According to eyewitnesses, the elephant strayed from the nearby hilly and forested area, making its way to the graveyard of Baliyari village. Upon encountering the elephant, villagers reacted with alarm, gathering in large numbers to drive the animal away towards GT Road Naugarh village, approximately 4 kilometers away. Authorities from the Forest Department were promptly notified of the situation.

Mohammad Nehru, a resident of Baliyari village, speculated that the elephant, driven by thirst, ventured towards the village in search of water, highlighting a possible water shortage in the surrounding hilly and forested regions.

This incident comes in the wake of a similar occurrence ten days prior when two elephants strayed from the forested area near the village. Efforts by forest department personnel eventually drove the elephants towards Aurangabad. The reappearance of an elephant in Baliyari village has reignited panic among residents of Amas.

As villagers in Baliyari and surrounding areas remain on edge following the recent intrusion, the incident serves as a sobering reminder of the delicate balance between human development and environmental conservation, urging stakeholders to prioritize solutions that promote harmony between humans and wildlife in the region.