A wild elephant at the circus: a photo essay

An elephant at a circus is no laughing matter.

A video has emerged showing a wild elephant walking through a crowd of onlookers in China’s Guangdong province, China’s Xinhua News Agency reported.

The wild elephant walked through a large crowd of people, waving his trunk at passersby, Xinhua said.

“The elephants have never been so wild,” the video showed.

“The wild elephants were brought here from the remote forest where they had been roaming for hundreds of years.”

The wild animals had been illegally imported into China from Kenya in the 1970s, and the number of elephants in the wild is estimated at about 5,000.

In the video, the elephant is seen climbing up a wall in a park and walking alongside the crowds of people.

“It was very noisy,” said one onlooker.

“I saw him do it at least three times.”

Another person said he saw a male elephant jump up on a fence.

“He is just about four or five metres tall, but when he jumps up on the fence he jumps and runs all over the place, he is so wild that it is difficult to see,” the person said.

China’s wild elephants have been in decline in recent years.

The country’s national wildlife agency warned in July last year that there were fears the wild elephants may be at risk of extinction due to poaching, habitat loss and the decline of the traditional Chinese elephant hunting industry.

Wildlife conservationists said they were worried the wild animals could be hit by diseases and be driven to extinction by humans.