Baby Elephants in Danger

Baby Elephants in Danger

"Death by firing squad” isn’t something I’d normally associate with elephants, but that’s exactly what this herd of majestic creatures is facing.

In Malawi, a herd of 60 elephants—made up of both adults and babies—has desperately resorted to pillaging local food stores and creating conflicts with the people there.

Fearing for their safety, villagers have set traps—such as planks of wood studded with protruding nails and snare traps—to deter the pachyderms from further attack.

The effects of these traps have been devastating. Resembling warriors returning from the battle field, elephants have suffered severed trunks, deep leg wounds and other atrocities. No one is winning in this elephant war, so the Malawi government is stepping in.

And we all know what it means when a government steps in on an issue like this: complete disregard for the nonhuman. In fact, this herd is schedules to be executed if it is not moved to another location by June 5.

With help from the Malawi Department of Parks and Wildlife, the International Fund for Animal Welfare is trying to relocate the elephants to a park about 100 miles away—a costly endeavor.

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