We live on a planet with many, many different animals. Humans are only one kind of primate, with many cousins of the monkey kingdom showing comparative intelligence at times.
There are billions of insects on any given continent and trillions of different fish in the ocean. Life is vast and diverse and is quite often dangerous.
Despite that, humanity has made its way to modern civilization by taking these wild animals and training them to do as we want.
Domestication led to agriculture, farming, ranching and turned our once competitive existence for resources into a cooperation with the resources themselves.
But the subject of domestication has some cruel implications behind it. Historically, many of these trained animals were trained in very negative ways.
Force and violence were often used to make them comply. In most countries, people have learned more humane ways to tame and handle animals.
In others, the old habits die hard or are the only ways they can find to work with the more giant, more intelligent, and more dangerous creatures.
One such cause of this failed cooperation came in 2019 when his elephant killed an Indian Elephant trainer. What’s surprising is how unsurprising this was.
10 /10 The Incident
The elephant carer Arun Panikkar was about to bring an elephant into a pen to water it. The elephant in question required coercion, which he did by giving it verbal signals and whipping it with a loose wooden rod.
He then needed the elephant to lie down so he could wash its back and head. He did this very close to the elephant’s side.
Then, he slipped on the wet floor just as the elephant was preparing to sit down. He fell underneath the elephant, which he yelled at to stop, but the elephant then slipped and crushed his entire skull with its weight.
Elephant mistakes instruction; kills mahout
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9 /10 Caught On Film
The incident was caught on film through a CCTV camera that was monitoring the event. After Arun slipped, he struggled briefly just before the elephant fell, and he was killed on impact.
Another handler came around to inspect the noise and saw what happened. He immediately whacked the elephant to stand up only to see Arun was dead.