Elephant ‘visits’ Raya Jam on East-West Highway, approaches SUV – don’t

During the recent Hari Roy Jam, an elephant was caught on camera hanging in the street and “inspected” the scene. The video was captured on the East-West Highway connecting Jericho to Jelly and was verified by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhillitan).

As seen in the video, the elephant was on the side of the road when a Mazda CX-5 approached him. The SUV brakes but continues on the curve. The giant mammal looked at Mazda and moved towards it, but the SUV was able to move unharmed. The elephant was still in the middle of the road when the next car – a Proton Wira – approached the bend. This car then we’re not supposed to, Hunk.

No human or animal was harmed, and the elephant finally returned to the forest a few minutes later. This is not something we see every day, but perihelitan director Yusuf Sharif says such incidents are common on east-west highways, and area elephants are usually accustomed to the presence of people and vehicles.

However, Yusuf hoped that the drivers would not provoke him or go too close to the elephants on the road. All you have to do in such an encounter is to slow down or stop, maintain a safe distance and let the elephant go back to the forest. He added that Perihillitan expected to encounter human-elephants and set up warning signals along the route.

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