Elephant Kills 11 in Nepal

Rogue vanishes into jungle after murderous attacks
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2009 3:05 AM CST
Elephants are a protected species in Nepal and can only be shot under orders from the central government.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Wildlife officials are searching the jungles of southern Nepal for a rogue elephant that has killed 11 people over the last two weeks. Guards have so far been unable to find any trace of the animal, which disappears into the jungle after attacking villagers, an official tells AP. Terrified villagers in the region have been banging drums and lighting firecrackers in a bid to keep the beast away; at least one person who was killed was attempting to worship the animal as Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu god.

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