Elephants go on rampage and destroy car at Danish circus

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Walt Disney's Dumbo isn't the only elephant to rightly lose his rag with a circus trainer, after a trio of abused pachyderms went on a rampage at a beach in Denmark.

Unsurprisingly, the three mammals became agitated and made a break for it after a circus employee unexpectedly beat one of them while it was lounging in the sea.

The footage capturing the incident in Karrebæksminde shows the three elephants named Lara, Jenny and Jungla, being led to the water after a stressful day performing. However, when it came to leaving the beach, one of the resting elephants was reluctant to move. To get the large creature back on its feet, the circus employee beat the animal.

In a desperate dash for freedom the three animals retaliated, escaping their handlers to trample over the enclosure fencing and rampage through the seaside town, terrifying nearby holidaymakers. The elephant with a vengeance can be seen smashing a parked car with its powerful trunk and lifting the vehicle several feet off the ground.

According to 9News.com, the Vauxhall in question suffered a smashed window and bonnet. The website also reported that a woman was injured when one of the spooked elephants knocked her to the ground, causing her to hit her head.

Aside from the beating, it's reported that the reason behind the elephants' aggressive behaviour was due to them "entering a state known as musth", which is translated from Hindi as "madness". It is during this period that the male elephants experience increased levels of testosterone by up to 60 per cent. Elephants are also known for their impeccable memories, which can send them into a state of shock and anxiety when they remember a person or object that has hurt them or their loved ones in the past.

Despite the questionable actions taken by the circus employee to cajole a restless elephant, the organisers have said the uproar would not prompt the circus to reconsider forcing elephants to perform, but they would work with the police to ensure holidaymakers do not obstruct the animals' path in future.

Author: Sophie Williamson-Stothert