WATCH: Elephant smashes homes in west Indian town

WATCH: Elephant smashes homes in west Indian town

SILIGURI, INDIA (NBC) - A wild elephant went on a rampage in a west Indian town on Wednesday.

The panicked elephant ran amok, smashing homes and sending frightened residents running.

Some people followed from a distance as the elephant moved through the streets.

The elephant had wandered from a nearby forest into the town of Siliguri in west Bengal state.

A divisional forest officer said the female elephant appeared to be a loner, and was likely searching for food when it strayed into the town.

He said it did not attack any people, and appeared to be afraid of anyone approaching.

After several hours chasing the animal, authorities shot it with a tranquilizer gun and used a crane to remove it from the town.

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