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7-ton elephant relocated (carefully) in Kenya
Jeremy Goss captures stunning images of 'extraordinary' relocation effort, launched after the animal rampaged through farmland, injuring a man
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August 13, 2014 by Pete Thomas


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7-ton elephant is hoisted by crane; photo by Jeremy Goss via Caters News Agency


Moving a 7-ton elephant from one location to another, after the animal has been sedated, requires tremendous care–and also a heavy-duty crane.

The incredible images that accompany this post were captured by Jeremy Goss, a conservationist who witnessed a relocation effort that was launched after the bull elephant had run amok in Kenya farmland, damaging crops and injuring a man.

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Elephant’s trunk being held to keep it from dragging; photo by Jeremy Goss via Caters News Agency


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The massive pachyderm was transported 195 miles from Amboseli National Park to Tsavo National Park. Its trunk had to be held by wardens to keep it from dragging, as the animal was lifted via crane onto the transport vehicle.

Goss, 29, told Caters News Agency: “It was extraordinary to see something like this as it doesn’t happen often around Amboseli. This male had done an extraordinary amount of damage to people’s crops by eating them. He had also injured a man trying to chase him out of a farm.


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7-ton elephant safely on transport vehicle; photo by Jeremy Goss via Caters News Agency

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“If he stayed he could have either killed himself or injured another farmer trying to protect his crops.”

Wardens with the Kenya Wildlife Service carried out the relocation effort, while the South African-born Goss stood on the sidelines with his camera.

The KWS moves about 200 elephants a year in an attempt to keep the animals, and humans, safe.

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Wildlife experts at work; photo by Jeremy Goss via Caters News Agency


Said Goss: “Elephants and humans have a difficult time coexisting, particularly in agricultural areas, as the crops are irresistible for the giants. They can become dangerous to the communities, as well as risk being killed themselves in retaliation.

“In extreme cases the KWS will move particular animals to remote areas, out of trouble, saving the life of the elephant as well as saving local farmers huge losses.”




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