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Jul

Elephant Break-In

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This is getting serious – Last night at 2:15 am, we woke to a glass shattering sound coming from my office room. As I ran towards it I realised it was not a robber but an elephant.  Decided not to run into my room and came back to the bedroom just in time to see the elephant snorting and running, agitated across our lawn to the back of the house.

Glass door broken by elephant at Acres Wild Farmstay Coonoor.

We waited for a long time in silence and made sure that Rhea did not bark as she was excited to see us up at that time in the night.  I went to Zayn’s room to get her to our room and all slept in our room.
Later I realised that the elephant was scared itself by the sound of the glass breaking and took off away from the house.

Forest officials were called in the morning and they are planning to get some tribals to coax the animal away from this place in a direction where I hear there are ample forests.

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9 comments so far

 1 

The earlier blog post, had me wishing they had come when we were there. But this sounds scary Mansoor. Take care

July 23rd, 2010 at 7:24 am
Arvind
 2 

Whoa! Good that the forest officials have a plan to coax them away. Who knows whats next? It reminds me of bears in the California campgrounds – The bears figured out that they don’t get hurt breaking glass on cars to get at the food inside and now they do it all the time!

July 23rd, 2010 at 7:38 am
Arvind
 3 

Wanted to add – what the rangers recommend is to scare the bears off. It works better that way, the only way that the animals will leave you alone is if they’re scared of you. There can be no friendships – once they lose the fear, there’s no holding them back!
Some ideas on scaring away elephants here http://www.africafreak.com/how-to-scare-an-elephant-away

July 23rd, 2010 at 7:42 am
 4 

Yes Anita, lots of questions and thoughts buzzing in our minds too. And thanks Arvind for that insight. Read the article too and going to think of ways to be prepared and ward them without any confrontation. Will read up more and do send more info if you come across any. Thanks.

July 23rd, 2010 at 7:49 am
sarika
 5 

ha ha !!! the flintstones family Rocks !!!!!!!! be careful guys but dont stop having fun 🙂 lol

July 23rd, 2010 at 8:22 am
AnotherKiranInNyc
 6 

This is where Aline’s chilli pepper seeds come into play!!!!

July 23rd, 2010 at 11:26 am
Mehar S
 7 

Better work on that coax them away plan and don’t think the electronic wiring is very nature friendly or animal friendly, we are in their land after all!

Take care and must have been on hell on an experience! Wish I was there!

July 24th, 2010 at 6:49 am
Shreesh
 8 

Definitely need an effective deterrent – the chilli idea sounds nice. I hope you also have a double bore rifle for emergencies (caused by animals/humans). But so sad to be reminded how humans and animals struggle to coexist. Imagine the poor elephants’ plight – they are losing their homes and food source. There are just too many of us on the planet 🙁

July 25th, 2010 at 4:22 pm
Aline
 9 

Mansoor!!
Just read about the elephants breaking in! I am so glad you had the quick reflex to head back to your bedroom and not to the office (even if the elephant was already scared and running away)! Also happy to know you’ve put up the electrical fence.

Don’t know much about elephants but have heard they are afraid of bees? Acres Wild chillies and Acres Wild honey seem to be the call of the day…

Kiran, hahaha, those jalapeños have not been numerous but can be quite timely. 😀

July 25th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

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