Wild elephants destroyed crops and created havoc among the villagers of Bankura district of India's eastern state of West Bengal on Tuesday (January 11).
As per the villagers around 22-30 elephants entered the potato and wheat fields in the region and destroyed the fields.
"Around 22-30 elephants are there. They have ruined the whole field. No forest official has come as of now," said Budhu Orai, a villager.
However, the elephants have only damaged crops and there is no news of any casualty.
A four-year study on elephants, conducted in India's eastern state of West Bengal, had said that the elephants prefer food crops to forest fodder.
It is said the animals were adapting to new food habits as their traditional habitat was shrinking due to human encroachment.
Home to 50,000 wild Asian elephants a century ago, roughly 21,000 are seen in India now.
Most of them are poached for their ivory while villagers also kill them to protect their farmland.
BANKURA, WEST BENGAL, INDIA (JANUARY 11, 2011) (ANI-NO ACCESS BBC)
1. HERD OF WILD ELEPHANTS IN A FIELD
2. HERD OF WILD ELEPHANTS
3. HERD OF WILD ELEPHANTS MARCHING INTO A FIELD
4. A WILD ELEPHANT MARCHING INTO THE AGRICULTURAL FIELD
5. WILD ELEPHANTS MARCHING INTO A FIELD
6. DESTROYED AGRICULTURAL FIELD
7. DESTROYED CROPS
8. DESTROYED AGRICULTURAL FIELD
9. (SOUNDBITE) (Bengali) BUDHU ORAI, A VILLAGER, SAYING:
"Around 22-30 elephants are there. They have ruined the whole field. No forest official has come as of now."
10. VILLAGERS RUNNING