Three circus elephants in a Danish seaside town suddenly attacked cars and people when brought down to the beach on Saturday.
As part of an annual tradition, the elephants were led down to the beach in Karrebæksminde to cool down in the sea. On their way back to the circus, the animals became restless - after one of them was beaten by a circus employee and become stressed.
In the rampage, a car had its window and bonnet smashed and a woman knocked her head on a cobblestone paving after being pushed to the ground.
However, the circus have denied any responsibility for the events, saying that people should have kept their distance and the cars that were damaged should not have been parked where they were.
Elephants are about to put on their last act as the iconic image of the Ringling Bros. Circus. Coming after more than 100 U.S. cities have passed ordinances restricting the use of elephants -- and decades of criticism by animal-rights groups -- the circus operators plan to phase out elephants in their act over the next three years. In retiring them to a 200-acre plot in central Florida, the circus will bring to an end a performance and tradition that began with the purchase of Jumbo by PT Barnum in 1882.