It is the year 2019, and still, things shock us the most disturbing of ways. Not too long ago, a photographer delivered a heartbreaking gallery of a real-life encounter between wildlife and humans. Namely, the troubling photos depict a mother and baby elephant being charged at with fireballs by locals in India. However, before locals inhabited the lovely area of Bishnupur, elephants walked proud and strong in their natural environment.
Today, things are taking a different pace. The handful of images are unsettling, to say the least, and spur a debate of how far has environmental destruction gone. In the images, we can see a wild mother elephant, trying to make her way back to nature along with her baby. While doing so, the locals can be seen throwing fireballs at the animals, trying to chase them off the road. These animals do not recognize property or anything which has to do with civilization, thus forcing the inhabitants of Bishnupur to act out.
Aside from fireballs, the snaps also show residents throwing stones at another herd of elephants lost on their way home. Finally, the image of a mother elephant trying to get her baby to safety by crossing the railroad, just makes your heart weep.
Photographer BiplabHazra was driven by the idea of raising awareness on how we are actively undermining animals. In his mind, the problem with deforestation has gotten too deep and requires immediate attention.
At the same time, Hazra also notes the locals do not intend to hurt the elephants at all. They are simply powerless to drive them away, and these are the only means which work. Elephants eat up to 200 kg of food and produce plenty of feces in return, which locals find harmful to their harvests. However, it is important to know that elephant’s dung is essential for the ever-growing flora in the area, which benefits from it largely.
Truth be told, seeing how struggling life has become for elephants makes you offer a helping hand. And we should. For the sake of these caring and precious animals. For the sake of humanity. For the sake of our planet.