And they aren’t even human! – A beach resort in the U.K. has warned swimmers to stay away from Georges, a bottlenose dolphin who arrived there two months ago, after following a ship across the English Channel, because he keeps trying to lure swimmers out to sea and mate with them.
“This dolphin does get very sexually aggressive. He has already attempted to mate with some divers,” says marine mammal expert Ric O’Barry. “When dolphins get sexually excited, they try to isolate a swimmer, normally female. They do this by circling around the individual and gradually move them away from the beach, boat or crowd of people.”
Georges, who weighs about 400 pounds, gets overexcited and starts to act rough and could even drown someone by mistake. He is also attracted to boat propellers and has gotten injured that way. But he won’t let himself be moved to calmer waters.
While George tries to attract women in England, a herd of 200 wild elephants in India has become addicted to the local beer in Assam. They regularly get together in gangs and crash through the fields, searching for brew.
Last year, more than 100 people were trampled to death by elephants in Assam. “More and more elephants are now straying out of the forests and making their way to villages and even cities due to loss of forest cover,” says elephant expert Kushal Konwar Sharma. “This is indeed very disturbing behavior as the animals generally get highly agitated once they are detached from the herd.”
Assam is home to about half of India’s total elephant population of 10,000. Wildlife rangers say villagers have killed more than 200 elephants in self defense during the past five years, often with poison-tipped arrows. Last year some villagers poisoned 15 wild elephants to death with a highly toxic pesticide. People also like elephant meat and cut off their ivory tusks, which can be sold for the equivalent of a year’s wages.
Local farmer Tarini Das says, “We cannot just wait and watch our homes being destroyed by the elephants and our people being trampled to death.”
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