Elephant runs wilds and tramples 18 people in terrifying video

Rampaging elephant runs wilds and tramples 18 people in terrifying video from Buddhist ceremony in Sri Lanka

  • Footage shows elephant marching in Buddhist ceremony in Kotte, near Colombo
  • It appears to get spooked and charges through the crowds as it tramples people 
  • Some 18 people were injured and treated in hospital following the rampage 

An elephant taking part in a religious ceremony in Sri Lanka ran berserk and trampled through crowds, injuring at least 18 people.

Footage shows the elephant covered in lights as it marches through a procession in Kotte, near Colombo, before apparently getting spooked.

It charges forward as terrified people scatter, with some running into its path and being trampled by its weight in the rampage. 

Footage shows the elephant covered in lights as it marches through a procession in Kotte, near Colombo, before apparently getting spooked

As the elephant pushes past onlookers to escape, the man riding on top falls off and narrowly escapes being crushed by its feet.   

Dozens of people can be seen racing after the animal to try and stop its rampage as it tears through the busy crowd.

People can be seen waving fire and setting the road alight to stop the elephant in its path as crowds run screaming.

Officials from two hospitals said on Monday that 18 injured people received treatment and 16 had been discharged. 

Dozens of people can be seen racing after the animal to try and stop its rampage as it tears through the busy crowd

Of the remaining two, one is being observed for possible abdominal damage and the other is being treated for an injured ear, they said.

Ornately decorated elephants are a major attraction in Sri Lankan Buddhist ceremonies. 

The annual street pageant – or Perahera – sees dancers and parade through the streets to music.

Wealthy families own captive elephants as a symbol of their prosperity, pride and nobility and send their elephants to participate in pageants around the country.   

People can be seen waving fire and setting the road alight to stop the elephant in its path as crowds run screaming

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