This hilarious video shows the moment an angry elephant attacked what he thought was a love rival – but was actually a sculpture welcoming guests to a park.
The male elephant was searching for food when he spotted the sculpture, and he stared at it for a few moments before charging – knocking the model over.
Keepers at Khao Yai National Park in Thailand said it’s likely that the bull mistook the model elephant for a rival, as in the wild elephants will fight for breeding rights.
After the brief battle was over, the male elephant sauntered back over to the forest while park rangers were left to pick up the pieces of the statue.
National Park officer Ple Srichai said: “I thought it was funny how the wild elephant was trying to attack the statue. Male elephants often fight over females so maybe he thought it was a real elephant he needed to show his dominance over.”
There were also shocked onlookers who watched and screamed as the male jumbo knocked down the statue. When the elephant left, the officers removed the sculpture.
No one was reported hurt in the incident and officers decided that they should transfer the sculpture into another part of the park to prevent a similar attack from happening again.
Male Asian elephants roam alone and only join herds to mate. In contrast, African male elephants remain part of the herds for their whole life.
An estimated 2,000 elephants are living in the wild in Thailand and a similar number in captivity, where they live in sanctuaries, zoos or work privately for hire at weddings and festivals.