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Footage shows the elephant covered in light as he marches through a procession in Kotte, near Colombo, before he apparently gets scared

Rampaging elephant walks wild and tramples 18 people in terrifying video of Buddhist ceremony in Sri Lanka

  • Footage shows elephants marching in Buddhist ceremony in Kotte, near Colombo
  • It seems scared and shoots through the crowd as it tramples people
  • About 18 people were injured and were treated in hospital after the disaster
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An elephant participating in a religious ceremony in Sri Lanka raged and trampled by crowds, injuring at least 18 people.

Footage shows the elephant covered in light as he marches through a procession in Kotte, near Colombo, before he apparently gets scared.

It rushes ahead as anxious people spread, some of whom come across his path and are trampled by his weight in the rampage.

Footage shows the elephant covered in light as he marches through a procession in Kotte, near Colombo, before he apparently gets scared

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Footage shows the elephant covered in light as he marches through a procession in Kotte, near Colombo, before he apparently gets scared

While the elephant pushes bystanders to escape, the man who drives on top falls off and barely escapes crushed by his feet.

There are dozens of people running after the animal trying to stop its cruelty as it rips through the crowded crowd.

People see waving fire and set fire to the road to stop the elephant on its path while crowds scream.

Officials from two hospitals said on Monday that 18 wounded were being treated and 16 had been discharged.

There are dozens of people running after the animal trying to stop its cruelty as it rips through the crowded crowd

There are dozens of people running after the animal trying to stop its cruelty as it rips through the crowded crowd

There are dozens of people running after the animal trying to stop its cruelty as it rips through the crowded crowd

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

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

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

Wealthy families possess captive elephants as a symbol of their prosperity, pride and nobility and send their elephants to participate in parades throughout the country.

People see waving fire and set fire to the road to stop the elephant on its path while crowds scream

People see waving fire and set fire to the road to stop the elephant on its path while crowds scream

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People see waving fire and set fire to the road to stop the elephant on its path while crowds scream

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