Sign commemorates a heroic elephant who died for his herd, 1894

By Abraham Piper


Along a railroad in the town of Teluk Intan, Malaysia…

The story as told at the Malaysian blog Teluk Anson Childhood

[S]tories abound about what prompted the sad suicidal episode…

Some say…[the elephant] was seeking vengeance for a calf killed earlier by the same train. While others claim that it was merely defending its herd from the ‘new enemy’ that had encroached into their domain. [The] railway…was completed in 1893 and its daily rumbling through the jungle had threatened the habitat of the gentle giants….

The British Engine Driver could not do anything because [the elephant] stood defiantly on the railway tracks and refused to budge in spite of the loud whistling and hooting as the train thundered and hurtled towards it. The beast…collided with it head on at 50 mph… The impact derailed the engine and 3 coaches.

Many were hurt in the twisted wreck and 2 Indian workers died of injuries sustained in the accident. The Elephant was killed instantaneously. The then British Govt. erected a memorial to commemorate the heroic last stand of the gallant Elephant.

(via Retronaut)