A rogue elephant died in captivity after being captured following a massive pursuit in north-eastern India, officials said on Sunday November 17th.
The 35-year-old male, named after the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, was tracked for days by forestry officers and tranquilised on Monday after a deadly rampage in October that killed five villagers in the north-eastern state of Assam, according to AFP.
The elephant was moved to Assam's Orang National Park where officials planned to train it in patrolling wildlife parks in the state, but said it died early on Sunday.
"The animal was behaving as normal. It was, however, kept with its legs tied so that it couldn't escape," according to a park ranger, who asked to remain anonymous, local officials told AFP.
Before the elephant’s death, the forestry department planned to train it using ‘kraak’, a controversial training regime used on younger elephants and condemned by wildlife conservationists as torture.
Conservationists were cited as saying the animal was unsuitable for captivity because it was believed to be about 35 years old.
Official figures released in June showed that nearly 2,300 people have been killed by elephants in India in the last five years.
At least 700 elephants have been killed since 2011 as a result of shrinking natural habitats, official said, according to channelnewsasia.com.