While humans encroach on land naturally inhabited by wild animals, I don’t know what the answer is, collisions with trains & cars ~ high voltage electric fencing …………. but as a follower of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, it seems to me a ridiculous amount of baby elephants fall into wells & in this article an adolescent has fallen into one in India ~ whilst I don’t know the answers to the other problems ~ SURELY to god there is some way we can get wells covered & made safe
Graceful even in death, this young elephant fell into a deep, open well one night in Palakkad, Kerala. The photographer suspects the elephant emerged from the nearby forest to feast on fruiting jackfruit trees in the village. Open wells are a serious but little-recognised threat to wild animals, including Gujarat’s famed Asiatic lions, a few of which fall to their deaths every year.
Photo credit: Aneesh Sankarankutty