Elephant caught on camera crashing car in Thai national park

An elephant that had escaped from a Thai national park climbed on top of a vehicle during mating season and crushed it.

The vehicle was traveling through the Khao Yai National Park in Thailand, near Bangkok, on the way to nearby National Children’s Day celebrations.

However, the driver was compelled to stop when the male elephant wandered out into the middle of the road and approached his car.

Nature And Wildlife Tv | Elephant Caught On Camera Crashing Car In Thai National Park
The silver car was making its way through the Khao Yai National Park when an elephant approached the vehicle and tried to sit on it 
Nature And Wildlife Tv | Elephant Caught On Camera Crashing Car In Thai National Park
Footage shows the elephant putting its front legs on the vehicle before bringing up its hind legs and standing on the bonnet 
Nature And Wildlife Tv | Elephant Caught On Camera Crashing Car In Thai National Park
After a few seconds, the elephant then appears to jump off the car leaving the front of the vehicle badly dented and with a cracked windscreen 

The footage was taken inside the vehicle, with an iPhone positioned within. The animal approaches the car very closely and leans its trunk on the bonnet.

The elephant then steps on the bonnet with two front feet before bringing up its hind legs and almost sitting upon the car.

The huge beast then leaps off the car and walks away, leaving a badly dented bonnet with a cracked windscreen.

Nature And Wildlife Tv | Elephant Caught On Camera Crashing Car In Thai National Park
Before climbing on top of the car, the elephant approached the vehicle after wandering out into the middle of the road 
Nature And Wildlife Tv | Elephant Caught On Camera Crashing Car In Thai National Park
The animal appeared to rest its trunk on the bonnet before going on to stand on top of the car. Vets believe the elephant may have been stressed due to mating season 

Fortunately, the passengers in the vehicle were unharmed.

It’s the second incident this month. On New Year’s Day, one elephant damaged another three vehicles.

It is uncertain if the same elephant was involved in both incidents.

According to the National, an elephant does not usually come near cars, but this one may be worried by mating season.

Nature And Wildlife Tv | Elephant Caught On Camera Crashing Car In Thai National Park
Earlier this month, an elephant also damaged three cars within the same national park, although vets are unsure if it was the same creature 

He said:’The elephants may be under strain during the mating season. The movement of vehicles might have added to the tension.’

When female elephants reach sexual maturity, they are generally kicked out of their herd, so they do not mate with family members.

This is why the elephant has escaped, and drivers going through the park have been warned to be more cautious.

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