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Elephant's hood crushing car climb caught on camera

The bull elephant was also blamed for damaging three vehicles Jan. 1.

By Ben Hooper

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A serial car-crushing elephant at a Thai national park was caught on camera climbing onto the hood of a car attempting to pass through the park.

Officials at Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima said the bull elephant recorded climbing onto the roof of a family's car Saturday was also responsible for damaging a two pickup trucks and a taxi Jan. 1.

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Patarapol Maneeorn, a government veterinarian who monitors the park's wildlife, said the unusual vehicle attacks were related to the animal being expelled from its herd to prevent mating with relatives while "in heat."

"In the mating season, the elephant might have developed some stress. Moving vehicles might have added to the tension," he told the Phuket Gazette.

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