Wild elephant run out of town in southern Vietnam for eating crops

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People in the southern province of Dong Nai on Thursday chased away a wild elephant they claimed had previously killed a person, and injured two others, while it was eating their crops.

According to Dinh Quan District forest rangers, the six-ton elephant appeared around 4 a.m. in Thanh Son Commune and ate local crops. It left at around 10 a.m.

A report on Vietnam News Agency Friday quoted forest rangers as saying it was one of a few wild elephants that were still alive in Dong Nai.

Between 2009 and 2011 nine of more than ten wild elephants that live in Dong Nai forest died.

Local people said the elephant they chased away was the most aggressive animal in the are, adding that it had many times eaten their crops, and had once killed a local resident and injured two others.

It was probably eating their crops because it's own habitat -- including its only sources of food and clean water -- had been destroyed and encroached upon by local residents, according to experts.

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Currently the Dong Nai Cultural and Natural Preservation Area is building an electrical barrier, some 30 kilometers long, to enclose and protect the surviving animals, the news report said, adding that the project was expected to be finished in 2014.

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