Hungry elephant overturns vehicle on Sri Lanka road in search of food

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |  Sept. 27, 2017 at 3:02 PM
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Sept. 27 (UPI) -- A tourist in Sri Lanka captured video of an elephant tipping over a tuk tuk vehicle after being fed by a tourist.

The video, filmed Sept. 14, shows the elephant approach the tuk tuk on a road between Arugam Bay and Yala.

A man gets out of the tuk tuk and hand-feeds the elephant, which accepts the offering before swatting at the man with its trunk and overturning the vehicle.

The filmer explained the passenger, an Irish tourist, had been instructed by the driver to throw the food in a bid to get the elephant to clear the street, but he misunderstood and hand-fed the wild animal instead.

"The elephant turned over the tuk tuk and took out all his bags searching for food. Must be the luck of the Irish that he wasn't injured," the filmer wrote.

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