Terrified family watch as elephant raids the back of their car for food

A terrified family have captured the moment an elephant ransacks a pick-up truck, before stomping over and searching through their vehicle.

In the video above, the driver notices the fully grown male bull foraging through the back of a black Mitsubishi at the Khao Yai National Park in southern Thailand.

It opens several plastic boxes with its huge trunk before tossing them to the ground and rummaging through them in search of food.

The driver in the car behind is heard saying: ''He's hungry, he wants food. He's looking in the boxes. I hope he doesn't get angry and attack the car.''

As the driver in front slowly inches away, the hungry elephant turns its attention to the car behind - heading for the items stored in the boot.

Mobile phone footage from the front seat passenger shows the elephant's enormous trunk and tusk visible through the rear windscreen as it opens the boxes, before moving onto the next car in the queue of traffic.

Freezing in terror, the two teenage boys on the back seat try to avoid any sudden movements they fear could anger the bull.

The driver, Wanlop Seeput, finally manages to pull away slowly without disturbing the rampaging elephant.

Speaking after the incident, he said: ''I really though the elephant was going to attack the cars. It was scary. I could barely move. I just wanted to drive away. I was saying 'go, go'.

''My wife kept me calm. She made sure we stayed still and didn't scare the elephant. He was just looking for food. I think he must have been very hungry.''