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    A wild elephant that wandered from the Baikunthapur forest. Today, there are about 30,000 elephants across the country, restricted to about 15 percent of their historic habitat, according to the India's environment ministry.

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    People flee as the elephant moves through the streets of Siliguri. Also on Wednesday, another wild elephant trampled a farmer to death in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

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    In this still image taken from video, a wild elephant damages a house as it goes on a rampage in a village in Siligiri in India's eastern West Bengal state Wednesday. The elephant damaged around 100 structures, villagers said. No injuries were reported, but elephants in India and Sri Lanka kill more than 250 people each year.

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    The elephant crashes through a fence in Siliguri.

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    Residents of Siliguri follow the stray elephant through the streets before it was tranquilized.

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    A forest official shoots one of three tranquilizer darts at the elephant in a Siliguri street.

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    People watch from the elephant from a rooftop as it runs after it was tranquilized. A forest official said the elephant didn't attack any people, and appeared to be afraid of them.

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    People watch from a shopping complex as a wild elephant plows through motorbikes and bicycles after it was tranquilized. A forest officer said the female elephant appeared to be a loner without a herd, and was likely searching for food when it strayed into the town.

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    After tranquilizers calmed the elephant enough, it was loaded onto a truck and taken to a park for domesticated pachyderms that is maintained by the forest department. Once the effect of the tranquilizer wore off, authorities planned to return the elephant to the forest.

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