Human-elephant conflict is nothing new in India, where people and pachyderms have coexisted for millennia. But a new video, taken on June 29, 2018 at a tea plantation near Munnar in the south of the country, shows the perils of coming too close to these large animals.
Sources say that the wild elephant had approached a man and his much smaller captive elephant who were working on the plantation at the time. Locals claim that this particular wild pachyderm was known to have displayed past aggressive behavior.
The video shows a friend of the mahout, or elephant driver, calling after the wild elephant to coax it away from the captive elephant. The wild elephant then runs after the man who is