Death by Elephant

elephant.jpgI know I have been posting a lot of stuff from Futility Closet lately, but I keep finding stuff that is just too cool to pass up… For example…

Account of a torture and execution by elephant at Baroda, India, 1814:

“The man was a slave, and two days before had murdered his master, brother to a native chieftain, called Ameer Sahib. About eleven o’clock the elephant was brought out, with only the driver on his back, surrounded by natives with bamboos in their hands. The criminal was placed three yards behind on the ground, his legs tied by three ropes, which were fastened to a ring on the right hind leg of the animal. At every step the elephant took, it jerked him forward, and every eight or ten steps must have dislocated another limb, for they were loose and broken when the elephant had proceeded five hundred yards. The man, though covered in mud, showed every sign of life, and seemed to be in the most excruciating torments. After having been tortured in this manner for about an hour, he was taken to the outside of the town, when the elephant, which is instructed for such purposes, was backed, and put his foot on the head of the criminal.”

– From The Percy Anecdotes, 1821

That picture is just badass.

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~ by herodotuswept on November 27, 2007.

One Response to “Death by Elephant”

  1. Pretty elaborate way to kill someone. But I’m not sure I’d think it wise to teach elephants something like that.

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