Tamil Nadu: Angry elephant shatters a bus windshield
“Huge respect for the driver of this Government bus in Nilgiris who kept his cool even under the terrifying hits on the bus from an agitated tusker.”
An angry elephant raced at a bus in Tamil Nadu, breaking its windshield, according to a terrifying video. As per the media, the event occurred on Saturday morning as a state-owned bus was transporting government personnel from Kotagiri to Mettupalayam.
A passenger onboard captured footage of the elephant coming towards the windshield and breaking it with its tusks as passengers shouted.
The elephant, not happy with merely breaking the glass, rears its head back, as if ready to strike again. The driver then stands up and herds all of the passengers to the back of the bus.
Supriya Sahu, Principal Secretary, Environment, Climate Change and Forests, Government of Tamil Nadu, posted the video on Twitter, praising the driver for maintaining his calm in a tense circumstance.
Ms. Sahu wrote while uploading the video, “Huge respect for the driver of this Government bus in Nilgiris who kept his cool even under the terrifying hits on the bus from an agitated tusker.”
She added, “He helped passengers move back safely, in an incident today morning. That’s why they say a cool mind works wonders.”
Huge respect for the driver of this Government bus in Nilgiris who kept his cool even under the terrifying hits on the bus from an agitated tusker.He helped passengers move back safely, in an incident today morning. Thats why they say a cool mind works wonders VC- by a friend pic.twitter.com/SGb3yqUWqK
— Supriya Sahu IAS (@supriyasahuias) September 25, 2021
The elephant finally went away, causing no more damage to the vehicle.
Meanwhile, video of the elephant attack has been seen almost 70,000 times on Twitter, causing violence.
Many people applauded the driver’s mental foresight.
Presence of mind.. 👍👍
Drivers need this courage and coolness to handle such situations..
Reversing the Bus in a Ghat section when an animal conflict is so risk but still he handled it maturedly. 👏👏
TNSTC can proud of its drivers
— Satheesh Kumar (@saysatheesh) September 25, 2021
Extraordinary brilliant helping passengers by using high presence of mind, what a talent !!!
— Veera Raghav Pandian (@RaghavaPandian) September 26, 2021
A Twitter user posted a video of the elephant from a different perspective.
Frm opposite angle..
Initially he presumed he can bypass tusker and carry on..jumbo got triggered..imho pic.twitter.com/6XcL6T1no0
— Dr.GB (@geebeeigwt) September 25, 2021
Others expressed alarm about the growing confrontation between humans and wildlife.
for this time went well. why aren't there corridors so the elephant can walk or cross in peace ? Try to respect the elephants , we invaded their land !
— PepeForNature (@nature_pepe) September 25, 2021
Last year, a video of an elephant charging towards a two-wheeler went popular on Twitter, causing the passengers to abandon the vehicle and flee.
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