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In pics: Elephant runs amok for 3 hours in busy area of Pune suburbs

A circus elephant ran amok in a busy area in the suburbs of Pune on Wednesday, as people ran in fear and traffic on a nearby street came to standstill.

india Updated: Sep 07, 2016 19:56 IST
Satyajit Joshi

A circus elephant ran amok in a busy area in the suburbs of Pune on Wednesday, as people bolted in fear and traffic on a nearby street came to a standstill.

The elephant was seen chasing a man. (Bhanubas Hirwale)

The elephant was captured by municipal officials in the Bhosari area of Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial township after they spoke to forest officials over the phone about how to calm the animal down.

The elephant belongs to a circus that had shifted to Bengaluru in July, but could not take the animal along because of a pending transit permit. Four elephants of the Rambo Circus were housed at the circus ground after it shifted.

Municipal officials calmed the elephant down with the help of locals. (Bhanubas Hirwale)

On Wednesday, people could be seen provoking the elephant and the police chased the animal with sticks to prevent it from leaving the ground.

The Animal Welfare Board had recently seized a few animals of the circus after complaints that they were being tortured.

A spokesperson for the circus said the elephants will be shifted to a private facility immediately. “We are also trying to get transit permission as soon as possible,” he said.