An escaped elephant crushed a car by climbing on top of it during mating season, according to officials at a Thai national park.
The silver vehicle, which was carrying a family and driving through the Khao Yai National Park near Bangkok, was on its way to the National Children’s Day celebrations nearby. The driver of the car was forced to stop when a male elephant wandered into the road and drew close to the car.
Footage filmed via a mobile phone shows the elephant approaching and resting its trunk on the hood. Then, the animal puts its two front feet on the hood before attempting to put its hind legs in the same space, nearly sitting on the front of the vehicle.
The elephant leaps off the car and onto the ground, leaving the car dented and with a cracked windshield. Fortunately, the family inside walked away unharmed.
This is the second time in one month that an elephant from the zoo has damaged vehicles, though it’s unclear if the same elephant was involved in both incidents. According to Patarapol Maneeorn, a government veterinarian, elephants don’t usually approach cars, but this particular one could have been stressed because of mating season.
“In the mating season, the elephant might have developed some stress,” Maneeorn said. “Moving vehicles might have added to the tension.”
Maneeorn added that male elephants are usually forced out of their herd during mating season so they don’t mate with blood relatives. Zoo officials believe this is why the elephant tried to escape.