A young elephant in southern India recently startled a child and two dogs when it unexpectedly wandered into their farmyard.
Five-year-old Hemant was playing with his dogs, Jimmy and Roshy, in Kodagu, Karnataka, when the animals began barking at a nearby hedge. Upon investigating, Hemant discovered the confused elephant entering the garden.
While Hemant and Jimmy retreated to safety, Roshy courageously confronted the enormous visitor, reminiscent of the clumsy elephant patrol led by Colonel Hathi in The Jungle Book.
However, the young elephant was unfazed by the dog’s challenge and briefly charged at Roshy before deciding to leave the yard.
The elephant wandered through the village for approximately two hours before returning to its natural habitat, thankfully not causing any harm to the residents.
The event, which took place just a mile from a nearby forest home to elephants, was captured on a surveillance camera installed on the family’s porch.
Hemant’s father, Shyam, was informed of the peculiar encounter by his son. The village, surrounded by coffee plantations, frequently experiences wild elephant visits, with the animals known to feast on the crops. It is believed that the area is home to around a hundred elephants.
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