Last stand of the Asian elephant (AP) – 496th Edition

In this photo taken Feb. 23, 2011, a villager looks on as a wild elephant shows up in a village on the edge of Kaziranga National Park, in Kaziranga, some 240 kilometers (150 miles) from Gauhati, India. Here, in India's northeast state of Assam, is one of the hottest frontlines of a heart-rending, escalating conflict. It is waged daily in villages, fields and plantations of 13 countries across Asia where forests and grasslands continue to shrivel, igniting a turf war between one-time friends: land-hungry man and a simply hungry Elephas maximus, the Asian elephant. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)AP – Every night when the rice is ripening in their fields, the young men climb into watchtowers to peer anxiously toward the Himalayan foothills from which the gray giants emerge.

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