The Asian elephant was spotted wandering the streets and shops of Meng’a Town in south-west China’s Yunnan province in morning, ᴅᴇsᴛʀᴏʏing nine vehicles and damaging houses during a rampage, Chinese media reported.
Forestry officials told reporters that the male elephant was driven out of its herd after it couldn’t seek out a female in ᴏᴇsᴛʀᴜs, resulting in the temper ᴛᴀɴᴛʀᴜᴍ.
The animal was eventually herded out of the town after 30 minutes by local forestry police.
No one was ɪɴjᴜʀᴇᴅ in the incident, according to CCTV and Yunnan Radio and Television Station.
Various videos filmed by witnesses of the town in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture show the large mammal swinging its trunk while trudging through the busy town.
Dozens of surprised locals were seen keeping their distance and filming the animal’s visit while city officials try to evacuate the public.
While the elephant showed a calm temperament during a stroll past the shops in several clips, one video showed it charging at a parked vehicle on a mud road.
Separate footage showed the rear passenger windows of an SUV completely shattered and its doors trampled on while another video showed an overturned saloon.
Eventually it took more than 20 local forestry station officers, firefighters and police officers more than half an hour to coax the Asian elephant out of the town and back into the forest.
According to Li Wen, a wild elephant observer in Menghai county, the animal failed to find a female to ᴍᴀᴛᴇ and was therefore in ‘a bad mood’.
Officials have warned members of the public to keep a safe distance and evacuate the area if they encounter similar circumstances.
Population growth, reclamation expansion and a decrease of habitats for wild elephants are the primary causes of the ᴄᴏɴfʟɪᴄᴛs, causing elephants to stray into farmlands and human habitats for food.