God damn! Those elephants are strong as f*ck
The elephant, named Devidasan, seems to have had a strangely methodical approach to his vehicular rampage, as noted by IndianExpress:
Interestingly, the elephant first attacked a motorbike, followed by an three-wheeler autorickshaw and then a tempo truck — going from two-wheelers and working its way up to four-wheelers.
I guess it’s fortunate nobody was driving one of those 6×6 G-Wagens, or this could have gone on even longer.
Devidasan was initially tethered, but broke free just before his rampage, with two mahouts (elephant wranglers) still on his back, helpless as the pissed pachyderm flings auto-rickshaws around like toys.
I mean, I get that having an elephant involved makes for a much, much more engaging religious service than many of us in the West are used to (I’d have killed for an elephant or two at my Bar Mitzvah) but it’s hard to say that elephant involvement doesn’t come at a pretty steep price.