Bangladesh: Two Wild Elephants Rescued After Four Days Of Standoff On Bay Of Bengal Coast

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Two elephants have been led to safety after nearly dying at sea off the coast of Bangladesh. The pair became separated from their herd in Myanmar, waded across a river into Bangladesh, and were driven on to a beach by scared local residents, reported BBC. After four days stuck by the sea surrounded by onlookers, the elephants swam into the Bay of Bengal. Authorities then rescued the animals with help from local fishermen, using ropes. The elephants have since been given food and will be taken to a nearby forest, local official Syed Ashiq Ahmed told United News Bangladesh. Fazlul Haque, a councillor in the seaside town of Teknaf, told AFP news agency that local residents had been intimidated because people had been killed in previous encounters with elephants. Raquibul Amin, a regional leader of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, told AFP that this was the fourth such incident this year. Watch the video to know more.

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