Osama Bin Laden Elephant dies in captivity after killing 5 Indian villagers

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Last week, we reported the capture of an elephant that terrorized an Indian village, killing 5 people. The elephant was named after the 9/11 mastermind and former leader of Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden.

The male elephant was tracked for several weeks before it was found by forestry officials who tranquilized the large animal and took it into captivity.

The elephant has just died in captivity days after it was captured, Indian officials announced Sunday.

The mammal, nicknamed “Osama Bin Laden,” was apparently supposed to be moved to Assam’s Orang National Park, but died on Sunday before that happened, Agence France-Presse reported.

“The animal was behaving as normal,” a park ranger told AFP. “It was, however, kept with its legs tied so that it couldn’t escape.”

The cause of the death wasn’t immediately clear. But the elephant was believed to be about 35 years old, an age too old for captivity, according to experts.

Osama Bin Laden elephant caught after killing five Indian villagers

Forestry officials reportedly said they planned to tame “Laden” using a controversial training method some animal activists equate to torture after it killed five villagers.

According to AFP, an estimated 2,300 Indian men and women have been killed by elephants in the last five years.


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