A wild elephant in Yunnan province, in Southwest China, could be seen attacking a tourist bus that has broken down while the driver was still inside.
When his bus malfunctioned inside the nature park, the driver called to local authorities, saying that he didn’t want to come out as his passengers had done before him, even though he was supposed to do so according to safety instructions.
His bus had carried eight observers who drove to the area following reports of the animal's activity. They wanted to monitor the elephant and warn residents of possible dangers but, as they arrived, the bus broke down and the group disembarked, leaving the driver in the vehicle.
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The elephant could be seen cracking the window and easily pushing the bus backwards. In the end, the big beast walked away and the driver could be rescued from his troubled position.
Asian elephants are rarely aggressive towards humans or vehicles for that matter. Usually, they are timid and much more ready to flee from a foe than to attack.
However, solitary male elephants are frequently an exception to this rule, and, as could be seen here, sometimes make unprovoked attacks on passers-by.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">VIDÉO - Un éléphant s'en prend violemment à un bus en traversant la route <a href="https://t.co/NYKHN9pBUx">https://t.co/NYKHN9pBUx</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/LCI?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LCI</a></p>— CROC-BLANC (@loupcruel) <a href="https://twitter.com/loupcruel/status/939918602483982336?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">10 December 2017</a></blockquote>
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Rogue elephants sometimes can take up a position near a road, making it impassable to travelers. Especially females with young calves are at all times dangerous to approach and local residents are always advised to steer clear of these.