By David Mccormack
Elephants may be one of the largest and strongest creatures in the animal kingdom but they are sadly no match for an electric fence as two of the majestic mammals found out on Saturday.
The dead bodies of the two adults were discovered in West Bengal, India, by members of the Kurseong Forest Division and judging from these photos many of the local villagers came out to watch the poor animals being carried away.
The elephants were killed by an electrified fence set up around a paddy field to prevent it from being damaged by the roaming animals.
Unfortunately elephants like to move in close proximity to each other, so it is likely that one elephant died from touching the fence and the other because he had touched his friend.
Tapping of electricity a common practice in the forest villages of West Bengal and people do in order to protect their houses and farms from hungry elephants.
The villagers tap the power and connect it to the fences of their homes and lay open wires on their fields.
Sadly more and more elephants are being electrocuted. As villages, farms and plantations close in on their once wild habitats, electric fences are an increasing popular way to stop the elephants which once roamed freely.
Battling for survival as villages and plantations take over their land, the elephants struggle with less space to roam and often end up in village farms in search of food.
The use of electric fences is gaining in popularity not just in India, but also in Nepal, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Photos.