Moment an angry elephant smashes bus windscreen with its tusks in India – but the driver keeps his cool
- The elephant was spotted on the road in Coonoor in southern India on Saturday
- Passengers on board a bus filmed the elephant as it approached the vehicle
- The driver kept calm as the elephant charged at the windscreen three times
This the dramatic moment an elephant charged a bus and shattered its windscreen in southern India.
Footage filmed by a passenger shows the large elephant battering the glass with its tusks in the encounter on September 25 in Coonoor, in the Nilgiris district.
The incident occurred around 9am after the state-owned bus carrying government workers from Kotagiri to Mettupalayam halted to let an elephant cross the road.
The giant elephant attacked the bus carrying government workers in Coonoor, which in the Nilgiris district of southern India
One passenger on the bus filmed the attack which took place on Saturday
As the elephant began smashing the windscreen, the driver jumped from his seat
Suddenly the elephant charged the bus. Footage shows the driver initially reversing but this seems to agitate the huge animal which picks up speed as it chases the bus.
The driver changes tactics and pulls up. He remains in his seat as the elephant shatters the windscreen, while passengers gasp in the background.
The elephant smashes the glass again, and stays blocking the bus’s path.
At this point the driver gets up and shepherds the passengers towards the back of the bus as the elephant makes one last charge at the bus windscreen.
Local reports say the animal soon returned to the forest and the driver was able to start up the bus and drive his passengers to safety.
His calm actions won praise from officials. Supriya Sahu, Principal Secretary, Environment, Climate Change & Forests, at the Government of Tamil Nadu, tweeted: ‘Huge respect for the driver of this Government bus in Nilgiris who kept his cool even under the terrifying hits on the bus from an agitated tusker.
‘He helped passengers move back safely, in an incident today morning. That’s why they say a cool mind works wonders.’
This is the hilarious moment an elephant attacked a huge sculpture in a Thailand wildlife park – after mistaking it for a love rival
It’s not just buses that earn the wrath of elephants. Last month an elephant was filmed attacking a huge sculpture at a wildlife park after mistaking it for a love rival.
The incident happened at the Khao Yai National Park in Thailand.
National Park officer Ple Srichai said the bull probably mistook the sculpture for another male which threatened his breeding rights.