Wild elephant kills two women near wildlife reserve in Nepal
February 14 2018 10:39 AM
Wild elephants of  Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
Wild elephants of Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

dpa/Kathmandu

A wild elephant killed two women outside their home near a wildlife reserve in south-eastern Nepal, local police reported Wednesday.

They were working in their field on Tuesday afternoon when the animal fatally trampled the pair, aged 45 and 35, near the village of Kanchanpur in Saptari district, police officer Dilli Chauhan said.
The elephant came from Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, a habitat for wild animals from water buffalo to rare species of birds.
On Monday, a leopard killed a 6-year-old boy who was returning home on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Police found the boy's dead body inside a forest after his family alerted police to the disappearance.
Under Nepalese law, the victim's family is entitled to one million rupees (9740 dollars) in compensation for death by wild animal.
Conflict between wild animals and humans has increased in recent years in Nepal, raising concerns about the safety of people living near protected areas.



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