Minister of Railways in the Indian government, Piyush Goyal, has announced that the loudspeakers along railway tracks between Haridwar and Dehradun will play the buzzing sound of bees to dissuade elephants from venturing into the tracks thus endangering their safety.
Northeast Frontier Railway had adopted ‘Plan Bee’ last year. The mechanism was hailed as an innovative way to save the lives of elephants. Various studies have been conducted which show that elephants are terrified of bees.
A team of researchers in Africa used beehives, real ones and fake, to keep away pachyderms from farmland. Asian Elephants also react similarly to their African counterparts.
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