Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 24th, 2008
Cryptomundo correspondent Miguel Romero (a/k/a Red Pill Junkie) sends along a shocking update on the circus elephant earlier killed in Mexico.
This article, “Cadáver de elefanta está desaparecido” states that 14 hours after the terrible accident, nobody knows where the body of the elephant is.
In the article it says that the name of the elephant was “Hildra,” not “Indra,” but in other articles I found that they said the name was “Hilfa”
This article also states that the circus owners have forbidden access to the authorities, who want to see the warehouse where the elephant was kept.
In a previous note published here, this report states the 22-year-old keeper who was feeding the animal had only one month of experience in the job.
“Estaba atada, pero se rebeló contra el cuidador al momento que le proporcionaban la comida, derribó una puerta de metal y salió a la calle. Nadie pudo detenerla”, comentó Luis Arreola Arellano, propietario del circo, quien acudió al lugar del accidente para identificar al animal y explicar a las autoridades la huida de Hildra.
“She was tied, but she rebelled against the keeper at the moment he was feeding her, she knocked down a metal door and went out to the street”. No one could stop her, said Luis Arreola Arellano, the circus owner, who went to the crash site to identify the animal & explain to the authorities Hildra’s escape.
Now, about the disappearance of the body, maybe it was done by the circus? Who knows?
One more thing, those reports also say the circus owner and the keeper were arrested so they could be further questioned.
UPDATE from Miguel:
The elephant’s corpse has been located : it was moved by circus personnel.
El director general del circo Unión, Fernando Sánchez, informó que el cadáver de la elefanta Hildra fue trasladado en una grúa por ellos mismos al predio ubicado sobre la carretera federal México Pachuca, pues aseguró que el ministerio público les otorgó esa autorización.
Representantes del circo permitieron el ingreso de personal de la Profepa al sitio, para que constaten las condiciones en las que se encuentra el lugar a donde fue trasladada la elefanta, que ahora se sabe tenía 45 años de edad.
Inspectores de la Profepa realizan una revisión de ese espacio donde hay otros dos elefantes, tigres, camellos y caballos.
Después de que realicen la revisión, el director general del circo Unión se comprometió a que los medios puedan ingresar y ver el cuerpo de la elefanta.
The general manager of the Circo Unión, Fernando Sánchez, informed that the body of the female elephant Hildra was moved —with the help of a crane— by themselves, to the same plot of land [where the animal was kept] located near the federal highway México-Pachuca, because he assured that the Public Ministry granted the authorization.
Circus representatives granted the access of Profepa personnel (Profepa is the federal office in charge of the protection of the environment) to the grounds, so they could witness the conditions of the place where the elephant was transferred to, which is no known to have been 45 years of age.
Profepa inspectors are making an inspection of this site where there are two other elephants, plus tigers, camels & horses.
After the inspection is completed, the circus general manager has promised access to the media to see the body of the elephant.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.