Soldiers in Nepal are on the hunt for a wild elephant after
it strayed into villages in the southern part of the
Himalayan nation and killed four people in three months.
The elephant walked into a thatched house in Gardi village
adjoining Chitwan National Park, 82km south of Kathmandu on
Saturday (local time), pulled an elderly couple from bed and
trampled them to death, said Shiva Ram Gelal, assistant
district administrator from Bharatpur, the nearest city.
Park officials say the same beast killed two other villagers
fewer than three months ago.
"We have given orders to the army to shoot the elephant that
has gone mad," Gelal told Reuters. "Soldiers are now
searching for it."
Nepal has about 300 elephants, including more than 100
domesticated ones which are used by hotels and national parks
to take tourists on jungle ride to watch wild animals like
one-horned Asian rhinoceroses and Royal Bengal Tigers.
Elephants are protected by law and anyone convicted for
killing one faces up to 15 years in jail, but Gelal said the
Local Administration Act, a Nepali law, allowed authorities
to kill the animal if it was responsible for the loss of