This story took place in the Kunur region of India. A bus carrying government officials was driving along the road when the driver suddenly noticed an elephant ahead. The animal was crossing the road, and the bus driver stopped to let it pass.
However, he drove up too close – so close that the elephant mistook it for a threat. He turned toward the bus and stood in a “defensive” pose. The driver backed up, but the elephant still managed to hit the windshield with his huge head. It struck three times, and only then calmed down.
By then, the terrified passengers had retreated to the back of the bus at the driver’s request. After the elephant let out its aggression, it withdrew and the driver moved the passengers to safety. Thousands of online users who watched the video praised the driver for showing calm and equanimity. It’s the right thing to do with a wild animal at times like this.
This is not the first case of such aggression, and not only in relation to buses. Male elephants are especially prone to it. Recently in Thailand, an elephant was filmed attacking a sculpture in a park, mistaking it for a rival. Although elephants have a reputation for being calm and wise animals, male elephants are often prone to outbursts of aggression due to elevated levels of reproductive hormones.