Elephants

Part of the Human Comedy series
Inspired by a true story
Two elephants sneaked into a farming village and made a nice feast of the crops there. Their unwanted visits left behind lots of damages. The villagers were not happy with the intrusion. They hired a group of professional elephant hunters to track down the culprits. The hunt was successful; the elephants responsible for the damaged crops were killed.

After the killing, the villagers started to hear the sound of elephants mournfully trumpeting coming from where the two elephants were killed. The sound would get louder and become more depressing in the days after. Alarmed by the situation, the villagers decided to put a barrier around the village just in case something bad might happen.

The following evening started surprisingly calm. Many villagers went to sleep unguarded thinking the worst had passed. At roughly past midnight, the whole village was abruptly awakened by thunderous noises. Before the villagers could realize what was happening, the walls around them collapsed. The villagers quickly exited their homes. Unfortunately, they were greeted outside by numerous rampant elephants. The monstrous creatures showed them absolutely no mercy. Some villagers fell victim to the elephants' indiscriminate tusks. Others were trampled to death. By morning, the village was totally annihilated.