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Elephants are one of the most intelligent animals. They are social beings who have a very high sense of emotions within themselves. These giant creatures are peaceful as well. They live in their world. They prefer calmness. They wander around in forests and grasslands in herds, carefree and peacefully. They do not bother the stillness of nature. They have a powerful memory as well. They can remember even the tiniest things for decades. They have a large brain inside their skull. So how come these beings sometimes forget their way and reach the cities? Or are they forced to go out of their habitats? If so, what might be the reason?
In the past decade, there have been many incidents where elephants reached the city and disturbed the human environment. And the rate of elephant invasion is increasing with time. Only in India, there are a lot of vigorous elephant activities are recorded in recent years. Let us learn about the possible reasons.
The main reason is quite an irony. Sadly, it is not the elephants, but it is us, who are invading their world. We have been expanding our territories with huge rates and displacing all the animals from their natural home. We are acquiring more and more of the forest lands and grasslands which is the home of most of the forest species. Our population is increasing, and so is our needs.
We need more and more resources, which sadly, are exhausting extremely fast. But instead of righting our wrongs, we are taking over what belongs to others. Our increasing industrialization needs more and more land each day to set up industries and manufacturing plants. Our massive need for food is the reason for cutting forests and converting them into farming land. We also burn down the forests to utilize its resources.
Our constant taking over of what belongs to them, their home and property, not displace those innocent creatures but also result in extinction in most of the species. Some species vanish right in the process of deforestation, because of massive violence and disturbance. Some die because they are not able to cope up with sudden change. And, some because they do not have the environment to survive.
Elephants are enormous animals, and they require a considerable amount of space to live. Small areas can't suppress them. Our activities force them to confine in a corner. But they are not happy with that. And now there is not ever any corner remaining for them. One thing we forget about elephants is that they are also known for their pride. If they can't find their way, they make their move. So in search of home and food, they wander off to cities. Elephants are enormous animals, and they require a considerable amount of space to live. Our activities force them to confine in a corner. But they are not happy with that. And now there is not ever any corner remaining for them. One thing we forget about elephants is that they are also known for their pride. If they can't find their way, they make their move. So in search of home and food, they wander off to cities.
Our activities are the reason for the suffering of these kind and innocent beings. We justify our actions and hide our doings by merely stating 'prevention is better than cure.' But it is not helping. It is only adding in their sufferings. If we want to do something, we have to stop interfering with them in the first place. If we want to deal with this situation, we need to provide them protection. If we are forced to displace them, we should give them a replacement habitat where they can live. We need more and more protected forests, wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. We have to take a stand to end the disturbance created by us and attain peace between us and the wildlife. If they are no more in existence, so will we. If we are taking from them, we have to return as much the same back. Because it's not just us, who are living on this planet.