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PUBLISHED: Feb 13, 2016 6:11pm

Unlucky in love, elephant dents 15 cars in southern China

A male elephant charges towards unseen Indian villagers after they threw stones in an attempt to scare away a herd of wild elephants which strayed close to the village of Kolabari, some 50kms from Siliguri close to the India-Nepal border on May 25, 2015. Indian forest guards and local villagers used firecrackers to scare away the elephants after sightings caused unease among villagers. Human-elephant conflicts are on the rise in India as villagers and farmers encroach on the elephants' natural habitat. AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTA / AFP / DIPTENDU DUTTA


A moody love-stricken elephant in southern China went on a rampage, denting cars parked along a highway near a reservation area it lives in. - File pic

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BEIJING, Feb 13, 2016:

After losing out on his love interest, a wild elephant has turned his attention to cars.

Authorities in southern China say the male elephant wandered out of a reservation area on Friday following a failed courtship and started playing with cars parked along a highway, damaging more than a dozen vehicles.

The government of Xishuangbanna prefecture says the animal recently lost to another male elephant in a battle for the affections of a female, and that his temperament was moody.

The government said the elephant did not hurt any of the tourists who had crowded the area during the Lunar New Year holiday, who were very excited to see the elephant.

It said 15 cars were dented and that the elephant later returned to the reservation area.



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