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Melania Trump Mourns Elephant Deaths As Her Husband Lets People Import Tusks As Trophies

Melania Trump Mourns Elephant Deaths As Her Husband Lets People Import Tusks As TrophiesWhile first lady Melania Trump reportedly mourned an ivory burn and toured an



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Wild elephant kills two at Rohingya camp in Bangladesh

Wild elephant kills two at Rohingya camp in BangladeshA wild elephant Thursday trampled to death two people, including a child, as it rampaged through a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, officials said. The incident occurred at the massive Kutupalong camp in the southeastern border district of Cox’s Bazar, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have taken refuge after fleeing what UN officials have called ethnic cleansing in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. “The wild elephant trampled a Rohingya child to death… and then trampled another Bangladeshi man to death when it was chased by Rohingya refugees and local villagers,” Ali Kabir, the district forest department chief, told AFP.



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Even Before Trump Arrives, He's The Elephant In The Room At Davos

Even Before Trump Arrives, He's The Elephant In The Room At DavosWorld leaders are serving up some shrewdly veiled criticism of Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, days before the U.S. president is due to speak there.



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GOP Senator Throws 'Talking Stick' During Shutdown Meeting, Breaks Glass Elephant

GOP Senator Throws 'Talking Stick' During Shutdown Meeting, Breaks Glass ElephantA Republican senator accidentally broke a glass elephant with a toss of a “talking stick” during government shutdown negotiations, and people on Twitter can’t get enough of the symbolism.



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Trump puts decision to allow elephant hunting trophy imports 'on hold'

Trump puts decision to allow elephant hunting trophy imports 'on hold'Despite Trump's statement, a Fish and Wildlife Service official confirmed that the ban on elephant hunting trophies from Zambia had been lifted effective Nov. 7. And the ban on trophies from Zimbabwe was lifted on Friday morning, about 11 hours before Trump’s tweet.



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Trump To Lift Ban On Import Of Elephant Trophies From 2 African Nations

Trump To Lift Ban On Import Of Elephant Trophies From 2 African NationsWASHINGTON — The Trump administration will reverse an Obama-era ban on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia after determining that sport hunting in those countries will help conserve the species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed Wednesday.



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Angry mob lights baby elephant on fire with flaming tar ball in horrific photo

Angry mob lights baby elephant on fire with flaming tar ball in horrific photoA horrific photo of a mother and baby elephant fleeing an angry mob in West Bengal, India, has won the top award in a wildlife photography competition.



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Elephant Parade hits the streets of São Paulo

Elephant Parade hits the streets of São PauloThe Elephant Parade arrives in Sao Paulo after the success of the Cow Parade, an exhibition of artistic cows in the financial heart of Brazil.



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Stranded elephant saved in dramatic sea rescue 8 miles from shore

Stranded elephant saved in dramatic sea rescue 8 miles from shoreFor members of the Sri Lankan navy, a routine morning patrol took an unexpected turn on Tuesday when a elephant was spotted struggling to stay afloat after having been pulled miles off the coast by currents.



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Intense video shows elephant stranded at sea being saved by rescuers

Intense video shows elephant stranded at sea being saved by rescuersThis wasn't your typical rescue mission. An intense video circulating the internet (a version of which was posted by the
Daily Mirror Sri Lanka and embedded above) shows rescuers from the Sri Lanka navy towing an elephant stranded at sea back to shore.  SEE ALSO: Elephants run to greet a rescued baby elephant because yes, they are better than us In the video, the elephant can be seen struggling to stay afloat and keep its trunk above water after being carried away by a strong current nearly 16km (9.9m) off Sri Lanka's north-eastern coast. Fortunately, the Sri Lankan navy picked up the elephant after it was spotted by a patrol boat, according to 9 News.  Image: MEDIA UNIT HA/REX/ShutterstockThe island country's naval unit then dispatched a fast naval patrol craft and divers to secure the elephant with ropes. It was later safely pulled ashore with the help of two other boats, as well as Sri Lankan wildlife officials.  The elephant was likely swept into the sea while trying to cross the Kokkilai Lagoon, which divides two areas of jungle.  "They usually wade through shallow waters or even swim across to take a shortcut," navy spokesman Chaminda Walakuluge told AFP.  Swimming out so far is definitely not a mammoth task for an elephant, who are good swimmers, with some reportedly swimming distances of up to 48 km (29.8 mi).  "Swimming about 15km from the shore is not unusual for an elephant," Avinash Krishnan, a research officer with conservation group A Rocha, told the
Guardian. But as elephants burn through a lot of energy swimming, it was plausible that the stranded elephant needed intervention. Elephants use their trunks as natural snorkels, so the fact that the elephant was struggling to keep it's trunk above water seemed to indicate that the animal was in distress. Asian elephants regularly traverse short distances through the water. They were trained to ferry logs between the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a chain of islands in the Indian Ocean, in the 19th century. Before that, elephants often crossed the short distances between islands in the island chain. WATCH: 7 more things you didn't know about 'Planet of the Apes'



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