WATCH: Hungry elephant overturns vehicle in search of food
COLOMBO: A tourist in Sri Lanka captured a terrific moment when an elephant tipped over a three-wheeler vehicle after being fed by an onlooker.
The video, filmed Sept. 14, shows the elephant approach the tuk tuk vehicle 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.