An elephant brought for a temple festival in Kerala went on a rampage creating panic for three hours. The elephant, named Vadakkumnathan Ganeshan toppled four vehicles and even attacked the mahout who tried to stop it. The incident happened at Kuzhalmannam in Palakkad district of Kerala on Thursday. Photos and videos of the incident have gone viral on social media that shows the elephant running helter-skelter scaring people.
The videos show broken walls and gates of houses that the elephant damaged. According to reports, the tusker was being brought for the procession around 3 pm on Thursday when it attacked the mahout, Raju. It went into attack a car and threw it into the courtyard of a house. Elephant Turns Violent After Being Hounded by Locals, Kills Forest Official on Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh Border; Watch Video.
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Videos show the mahout trying to bring the animal under control, however, it doesn't work.
One of the clips being circulated show people going after the animal trying to stop it, but instead, the elephant turns around scaring them.
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People can be seen capturing the scene on their phones from housetops and walls. The elephant also damaged electric posts and a boundary wall. The elephant came under control only after injuring itself in the rampage. The mahout who was also injured in the attack, chained the elephant with the help of an elephant squad. In the past, there have been multiple incidents of elephants running wild during temple festivals in Kerala. Many of them have even killed mahouts and devotees in the process.