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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Drunk Elephants Meet Shocking End

GAUHATI, India -- Six Asiatic wild elephants were electrocuted as they went berserk after drinking rice beer in India's remote northeast, a wildlife official said Tuesday.

Nearly 40 elephants came to a village Friday looking for food. Some of them found beer, which farmers ferment and keep in plastic and tin drums in their huts, said Sunil Kumar, a state wildlife official.

They got drunk, uprooted an electric pole and were electrocuted in Chandan Nukat, a village nearly 240 kilometers west of Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya state, Kumar said.

"There would have been more casualties had the villagers not chased them away," said Dipu Mark, a local conservationist.

The elephants are known to have a taste for rice beer brewed by tribal communities in India's northeast.

Four wild elephants died in similar circumstances in the region three years ago.