Rogue ‘Bin Laden’ elephant caught in India after killing 5 people

The rogue elephant lies on the ground, surrounded by villagers, after been tranquilized by wildlife rangers, in Western Assam’s Goalpara district. (AFP)
Updated 11 November 2019

Rogue ‘Bin Laden’ elephant caught in India after killing 5 people

  • Wildlife rangers tracked the pachyderm dubbed ‘Laden’ through a forest for several days using drones and domesticated elephants
  • Nearly 2,300 people have been killed by elephants in India over the last five years, while 700 elephants have been killed since 2011

GUWAHATI: An elephant named after the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden that killed five Indian villagers has been caught after a massive operation to hunt down the creature, officials said Monday.
Wildlife rangers tracked the pachyderm — dubbed “Laden” by the locals it menaced in northeastern Assam state — through a forest for several days using drones and domesticated elephants.
“We started the final leg of the operation today... Two darts were fired by experts which had tranquilized the male elephant,” a senior forestry official told AFP.
“Now the work is on to shift the elephant to a forest where there is no human habitation nearby.”
The animal killed five people, including three women, during a 24-hour rampage through Goalpara district in October.
Officials said they would take the elephant’s welfare into account as well as the safety of people living nearby in deciding where it would be relocated
Nearly 2,300 people have been killed by elephants in India over the last five years, according to official figures released in June, while 700 elephants have been killed since 2011 — figures resulting in part from shrinking natural habitats.
Elephants frequently migrate into Goalpara, resulting in high numbers of fatal encounters with humans amid rampant deforestation.
Some elephants there have been poisoned or shot by locals, while others have died on electric fences or on railways cutting through migration routes.


Dubai’s The Palm island breaks world record for largest fountain

Updated 23 October 2020

Dubai’s The Palm island breaks world record for largest fountain

  • The Palm Fountain at The Pointe covers nearly 1,300 square meters and shoots up to 105 meters
  • The launch was accompanied by live entertainment and a firework display

DUBAI: Dubai’s The Palm island broke the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest fountain on Thursday, state news agency WAM reported.
The Palm Fountain at The Pointe covers nearly 1,300 square meters and shoots up to 105 meters.
“This is an historic moment which further underscores our commitment to bringing new and unique experiences to the city for the benefit of all stakeholders,”, Omar Khoury, Managing Director of Nakheel Malls, which operates The Pointe said.

The launch was accompanied by live entertainment and a firework display. The attraction will be open to the public from sunset to midnight.
To ensure the safety of visitors’ authorities deployed Dubai Police and mall security to organize the flow of attendees, to ensure coronavirus safety measures were followed.