India: Elephant rampage causes panic in West Bengal
- 10 February 2016
- From the section Asia
A wild elephant went on an hours-long rampage in India's West Bengal state, sending residents fleeing in panic.
Officials fired tranquillizer darts to control the animal after it damaged dozens of homes, cars and motorbikes.
Local forestry authorities said no-one was hurt in the incident, in the town of Siliguri.
The animal was taken to a park where domesticated elephants are kept and officials have said they hope to return it to the wild.
Eyewitnesses said the animal had strayed into the town from a nearby forest and seemed frightened and confused.