Elephant Injures 17 During R&age Through Crowd After Being Beaten With Sticks At Festival
At least 17 people have been injured in Sri Lanka after two elephants rampaged through the streets during a religious parade.
The elephants had reportedly been part of the annual parade in Kotte, an area close to Sri Lanka’s largest city, Colombo. This celebration is known as the perahera of the Kotte Rajamaha Viharaya temple, or the first procession of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Soon after the festivities began, one of the elephants became restless after becoming distressed. The other elephant also then become frightened after observing the first elephant’s distress.
As reported by local news source, Adaderana, the second elephant rushed forward and stopped before the main elephant – known as ‘Kotte Raja’ – who carries the sacred relics during the religious procession.
Terrifying footage captured at the scene shows one of the elaborately decorated elephants charging through the crowd, trampling all those in its path.
This incident had reportedly led to at least 17 people being hospitalized, including the ‘Gajanayaka Nilame’ who had been riding one the distressed elephants.
The perahera of the Kotte Rajamaha Viharaya temple is a yearly Buddhist procession which celebrates notable events within the life of Buddha.
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