This is the shocking moment a rampaging circus elephant smashes a car and terrifies holidaymakers after appearing to be beaten by a handler.
Filmed in Danish beach town Karrebaeksminde, the footage was captured by tourist Oddmar Nygard, 48.
The video begins when three elephants become agitated after being bathed in the sea in front of a large crowd.
As the circus workers start to lose control, the huge beasts veer dangerously close to onlookers, including babies in prams and an elderly man in a mobility scooter – who had to be lifted off the road to safety.
One of the colossal animals looks increasingly distressed and flies into a rage after it is apparently struck with a metal crowbar by one of the keepers.
In an incredible display of brute strength, the angry elephant lifts up a Skoda Fabia, weighing around one and a half tons, with its tusks.
The animal then pushes the crumpled vehicle up an embankment with little effort – as the handler flees.
The wild animals belong to a travelling circus which visits the town every year, and the bathing of the elephants in the sea is an annual tradition, which is popular with the locals.
Norwegian car salesman Oddmar was holidaying with his family when he witnessed the dramatic event. ‘There were many cars and a lot of people in the street – the elephants probably got a bit stressed by this,’ explains Oddmar. ‘The elephant clearly got irritated after being hit and started to push and lift the vehicle.
‘The car owner tried to reach the car, but the circus staff stopped him – the windows got crushed and there was a lot of damage to the front.
‘I was there with my son, but I wasn’t scared when the situation escalated. When the elephant smashed the car I was totally calm, but my 12-year-old boy was hiding behind me,’ continues Oddmar.
‘You could clearly see that people were scared, even the circus staff.
‘The elephants had been taking a bath and were walking back to the circus area. I followed them all the way from the beach. We went to the travelling circus at night and they seemed OK then.’