Elephant that killed man in north India released after nearly two years confinement

A 45-year-old elephant who was kept in confinement for nearly 18 months in north India for trampling a man to death has been released under observation back into a national park. The elephant Mithu was held in Kashi wildlife division compound, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Mithu was reportedly confined after on October 20, 2019, the elephant had killed a man named Ramshankar in a fair in Chandauli district. A team of mahouts released Mithu into Dudhwa National Park on Monday (June 14), and a medical team found Mithu healthy, and announced he will be kept in quarantine for 5 to 6 months. According to Dudhwa field director, Sanjay Pathak, “The elephant has not displayed any aggressive behaviour and remained calm since it arrived here.” Pathak added that the elephant’s record of trampling a man to death could be an accident: “Elephants are extremely sensible and do not attack unnecessarily. As per standard procedure, we will keep Mithu at a separate location with its mahout, who was taking care of it in Varanasi."

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