Rampaging elephant stops after hearing baby's cry

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:48 PM ET

An elephant that destroyed home in the Purulia district of West Bengal during a recent rampage stopped after it heard a baby crying under the debris.

The father told the Times of India on Tuesday the family was sitting down for dinner when they heard a crash in the bedroom.

"We ran over and were shocked to see the wall in pieces and a tusker standing over our baby. She was crying and there were huge chunks of the wall lying all around and on the cot," Dipak Mahato said. "The tusker started moving away but when our child started crying again, it returned and used its trunk to remove the debris."

The girl had some minor injuries from the falling debris, but was otherwise unscathed.

Wildlife official Om Prokash said elephants are "gentle giants" who only come in contact with humans when searching for food.

The elephant has been blamed for killing three people and destroying 17 homes.


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