Raging Elephants Ravage Cars at National Park in India

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By NTD Newsroom
July 2, 2019Animal
Raging Elephants Ravage Cars at National Park in India
Wild elephants grazing near the boundary of a wildlife sanctuary at Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi AFP/Getty Images)

A herd of elephants went on a rampage, pushing at least two cars off the road outside the Brys Caves hotel near Jim Corbett National Park in Mohaan, India, on Wednesday, June 26.

The shocking event was captured on video by stunned onlookers at the park, near Ramnagar in Uttarakhand, India, and it soon went viral, The Daily Star reported.

At first, a dominant male could be seen heading toward the first car, pushing it to the side with its forehead. Soon another adult and baby elephant rush in to assist. They seem to try to flip over the vehicle but only succeed in shoving it halfway across the road.

Then they start to work on the second car, before a larger herd of pachyderms arrives, and the group starts to move that vehicle off the road completely.

It is hard to tell from the clip whether there were passengers in the cars involved. The vehicles did not flee the scene at the time the video was filmed, and it appeared that the rear window of the second car was shattered.

The cameraman, who was filming the scene from inside a car at a safe distance, then started honking his horn in an attempt to distract the elephants—to no avail.

As soon as the pack of tuskers moved the cars out of the way, an even bigger mob of elephants crossed the road, leaving the spectators in awe.

The Daily Star reported that some locals said the driver of one of the vehicles was a tourist, and he returned to the car only after he could see that the animals had really gone.

It appeared that no one was injured in the incident.

Lions Eat Suspected Poacher

A pride of lions ate a suspected poacher, who died from an elephant attack in the South African wilderness.

The man is believed to have entered Kruger National Park, 380 kilometers (236 miles) east of Pretoria, on April 1 with four other men who had allegedly planned to poach rhinos.

Authorities confirmed that an elephant attacked and killed one of the men on April 2, 2019.

“His accomplices claimed to have carried his body to the road so that passers-by could find it in the morning,” the South African Police Service said in a public statement. “They then vanished from the park.”

The survivors left the park and contacted a relative of the deceased with the bad news.

“The family then called Skukuza Regional Ranger Don English who arranged a search party,” South African National Parks (SANS) said in a public statement.

Kruger National Park Rangers and police from Komatipoort and Skukuza helped search for the man’s remains on April 3. On April 4 in the park’s southeastern Crocodile Bridge section, the body had already been devoured.

“Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured the remains, leaving only a human skull and a pair of pants,” SANS said.

Epoch Times reporter Richard Szabo contributed to this report.

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