An elephant named Osama bin Laden, named after the former leader of Al Qaeda, has died in captivity, days after he was captured for killing five villagers in India last month, officials said.
The male elephant was tracked since October for killing five people in the Indian state of Assam. Officials found the animal on Monday and tranquilized him, taking him into captivity.
The elephant was supposed to be moved to Assam’s Orang National Park, but died on Sunday before that happened, AFP reported. “The animal was behaving as normal,” a park ranger said. “It was, however, kept with its legs tied so that it couldn’t escape.”
A cause of death wasn’t immediately clear. The elephant was believed to be around 35 years old, an age that conservationists say is too old for captivity. Around 2,300 people have been killed by elephants in the last five years in India, according to government figures.