An Indian girl used her unique ability to speak to elephants and ended up saving a city.
When wild elephants got near the residential area in the city of Rourkela, India, officials were unable to get the animals cleared out of the area.
They decided to call up Nirmala Toppo, a 14 year old girl.
According to Forest official PK Dhola, “We knew of a tribal girl who lived in Jharkhand, who talked to elephants and was able to drive them back. We called up her father and she arrived along with some other tribal people from her village.”
Nirmala told the BBC that “First I pray and then talk to the herd. They understand what I say. I tell them this is not your home. You should return where you belong.”
Along with members of her family and her tribe, the elephants were led back into the forest.
While some doubt Nirmala’s ability, others believe that cohabitating with the animals allows some people to have a rapport with them that eludes the authorities.