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Elephant destroys house before returning to save baby trapped under debris

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This is an elephant, much like the one that destroyed this house
This is an elephant, much like the one that destroyed this house
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A REMORSEFUL ELEPHANT smashed a house to pieces in an Indian village, before turning back to save a baby trapped by its destruction.

Speaking to the Times of India, couple Dipak and Lalita Mahato claim that a rampaging elephant destroyed their home in West Bengal, but showed some humanity when it saved their child.

Dipak explained that he and his wife were eating around 8pm when they heard “cracking and crashing” sounds coming from bedroom.

We ran over and were shocked to see the wall in pieces and a tusker standing over our baby. She was crying and there were huge chunks of the wall lying all around and on the cot.

But when their 10-month old baby started wailing, the sorry elephant returned and used its trunk to clear all debris from the little girl. She sustained minor injuries but is stable and being kept under observation in a local hospital.

Her mother Lalita explained the incident as a “miracle”.

We worship Lord Ganesh (the elephant god) in our village. Still, I can’t believe that the tusker saved my daughter after breaking down the door and smashing a wall. We watched amazed as it gently removed the debris that had fallen on her. It’s a miracle.

Jhalda ranger Samir Bose told the Times that the roaming elephant has damaged at least 17 houses in Mathadi, Kasidih and Ghoshra village areas but has since returned to a nearby forest.

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