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Brief Outline: Two elephants try to navigate a railway crossing🐘 The Indian population of elephants is rapidly depleting due to fatal encounters with trains, trucks and human activities.
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Two elephants try to navigate a railway crossing🐘 The Indian population of elephants is rapidly depleting due to fatal encounters with trains, trucks and human activities.
Two elephants try to navigate a railway crossing🐘— EarToTheWild (@eartothewildfdn) November 26, 2018
The Indian population of elephants is rapidly depleting due to fatal encounters with trains, trucks and human activities.#DoGood #SaveTheElephants pic.twitter.com/553fZAV7pM
Facts Check Analysis: A photograph of mother and calf elephant attempting to cross a railway track has gone viral on the social media.
The photo that won a “Certificate of merit” at the Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2018, Sanctuary Asia, claimed that the pictures posted are not fake and they are genuine. There have been questions raised about Biplab Hazra’s photograph ‘Impossible Odds’, that the image has been photoshopped from merging two images. It it NOT a manipulated photo. Please read a clarification:
The picture is true, as seen from the raw image from Biplap Hazra
Dear sirs @PiyushGoyal @narendramodi @drharshvardhan @nitin_gadkari ji all infrastructure development has to consider its a dire necessity & if so then it’s sensitivity towards voiceless creatures who have withstood many empires & are now at our mercy..it can’t be just kilometres https://t.co/lRlnD9dCbn— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) November 24, 2018
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal’s office, responded by sharing a video titled ‘Plan Bee’ an initiative by the Indian railways to save lives of Elephants and avoiding such incidences.
Integrating infrastructure development with eco-friendly & wildlife-conscious policies is a top most priority for Railways. In line with this goal, we have introduced a unique method to ward off elephants from straying on to tracks with use of technology https://t.co/tkyauDVQOd— Piyush Goyal Office (@PiyushGoyalOffc) November 24, 2018
Biplab Hazra who has documented wild elephants in West Bengal for a while, in Bankura district three years ago. According to wildlife experts, India has the maximum number of elephant deaths due to train accidents.
Another picture by Biplab Hazra.
The other important photograph by Biplab Hazra pic.twitter.com/Iykjh6QVRs— কেতেকী চৰাই (@Oushinar) November 24, 2018