Elephant who went on rampage in Jaipur dies

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Jaipur (Rajasthan), Aug 24(ANI): A female elephant, which turned amuck and went on a rampage in Rajasthan's Jaipur city on Sunday, died here on Monday.

Thirty-five year old elephant Naina, which was on its way to Amer Fort with foreign tourists on its back, had suddenly turned aggressive on Sunday.

However, the tourists were lucky, as they jumped down as soon as the Mahawat (elephant driver) lost control of the elephant.

"Yesterday afternoon around 3'o clock it (elephant) was on a round trip to Amer Fort. It is being said that a group of monkeys provoked her, but we could not ascertain the exact cause of her death. However, too much of heat may also have taken a toll on the elephant," said Shyam Gupta, Secretary of the Elephant Owners' Association.

Forest officials had tried to control the elephant, but they could not locate the elephant in the wild, as it turned dark.

"Since it was dark last night, so we could not trace her and the elephant ran towards the forest. The forest officials came and tried to control the elephant through anaesthesia, but we were unable to locate her. This morning the elephant came towards her usual dwelling and that time we could locate her," said Gupta.

The elephant breathed her last on Monday, however, the reason behind her death was not confirmed.

The body has been sent for post mortem and the report is awaited. (ANI)

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