The process of destroying a forest across India has taken moment in the last period causing completely changing of the wildlife. Because of that numerous animals, including elephants can be seen wandering in the villages and communities.
They have been forced to encroach on human habitats in search of food and shelter, desperately trying to find a new home.
It also causes distress of the people, who in order to prevent these animals from damaging their property often take extreme measures.
Some of them, like the angry Bishnupur residents, launch firebombs at a mother elephant and her calf, which was a way to stop them from wandering onto their crops.
The terrified animals run across the road in a panic. Some villagers throw stones at a herd passing through their village, while others burn torches to wave at the elephants chasing them away.
Young people are attracted and took pictures of the wild elephants and especially took attention of the mother elephant and her calf attempting to navigate the railway tracks constructed through their natural home.
Some of these heartbreaking images were taken by photographer Biplab Hazra, who aimed to raise the awareness about the elephants which habitat is endangered.
The Independent states that those images highlight the extraordinary level of violence the endangered species faces trying to survive in smaller, more fragmented habitats. In fact, herds of elephants can cause significant damage to crops, impacting people’s livelihoods.
The photographer Hazra explains that farmers used flaming torches to frighten elephants away from inhabited areas because they had to save their crops. As there are many elephant corridors in human habitations, Mr. Hazra is trying by spreading his photos to increase public awareness on the matter.
Feeding of elephants is really specific because they need to spend up to 19 hours a day, and they are producing about 100kg of dung a day. The dung is a key means of spreading germinating seeds, and they are vital in maintaining the integrity of grasslands and forests.
The number of Indian elephants has drastically decreased in the past several decades, so this is a serious issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible and properly.