Kalidassan was parading along with 11 other temple elephants in a festival in India when the pachyderm suddenly turned aggressive and began destroying every vehicle in sight during a four-hour rampage.
The mahouts sitting atop the angry elephant were helpless to do anything to control the animal in Pulappatta in Kerala as it smashed at least 20 vehicles ranging from motorbikes, auto-rickshaws, vans and mini trucks, according to The Telegraph and Caters News agency.
The terrifying scene, which showed the elephant lifting up trucks and smashing them to the ground, was captured by a local visitor on his mobile phone and it was shared by Caters News:
The elephant gone wild didn’t attack any people, though it did chase some before it was eventually brought under control by “animal squad personnel.”
“The elephants were parading outside the temple when suddenly the elephant started running,” Kumar Mangalam, who narrowly escaped the raging elephant, told Caters. “Suddenly, the whole atmosphere of merriment turned into chaos. People started running helter-skelter.
“The elephant was running blindly and throwing away everything coming on his way like toys. It also charged at us, but luckily we escaped his wrath as he started hitting at a bike.”
According to Caters, “The elephants are decorated with beautiful caparisons and made to parade for as long as 10 kilometers [6 miles] on a single day of festival, carrying effigies of deities amid noise of orchestra and fireworks that sometimes agitate the highly-sensitive animals and result in such incidents.”
This isn’t the first time an angry elephant has gone on a rampage during a festival in India — one did just last month — and it probably will not be the last.