Over the last couple of decades we have seen a rise in construction in both rural and urban areas. As part of development, we have built new roads and some of them cut through forest. The wildlife in our country has also got affected due to the same and we have come across several incidents where wild animals have come out from jungle in search of food and attacked people, vehicles and even domestic cattles. Here we have a video of a recent incident where a private driver had to drive the bus in reverse for almost 8 kms to get away from an angry elephant.
The video has been uploaded by Manorama News on their YouTube channel. The incident happened in Athirapally region on Kerala’s Thrissur district. The private bus that runs through the route faced this issue. In this video, the wild elephant was first seen walking in front of the bus. The driver of the bus slowly followed the elephant under the impression that, it might soon get down from the road and move back to the jungle. That did not happen. After a small curve, the elephant noticed the bus following him and immediately turned towards the bus.
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The bus driver stopped right there and revved the engine to make loud noise that would scare the elephant away. That made the elephant angry and it started walking towards the bus. The people sitting inside the bus started to worry but, the driver remained calm and he slowly started driving the bus in reverse. The elephant kept of following the bus and continued to do that for a very long time. The bus driver had to drive in reverse gear for almost 8 km. The road in which the incident happened is actually very narrow and steering a vehicle as big as a bus that too in reverse is a task in itself.
The bus driver can be heard saying in the video that, this was the first time he has come across such a situation and for him, safety of the passengers was utmost priority. It looks like the Forest Department was informed about the elephant and even they can be seen in the video. They can be seen asking the driver to take the bus in reverse while maintaining a safe distance from the elephant. Another state transport corporation bus and other vehicles can be seen coming from the opposite side. It looks like the elephant did not have the intention to attack the bus as it had plenty of opportunities.
It felt like the elephant was trying to run away from the bus that was coming from the other side and unfortunately, it was caught between both the buses. It was looking for a spot to get down from the road but, it was unable to do so. Wild animals are not used to the noise of engine revving and people. They can get easily scared and even get attack people and vehicles. If you see an animal crossing the road, be patient and park the vehicle on the side of the road and turn off the engine and lights, so that they can cross the road without any disturbance.
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