Last updated: 03:00 AM ET, Tue June 02 2015

Tourist's Selfie Attempt Turns Into Elephant Handbag Thievery

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | June 02, 2015

Tourist's Selfie Attempt Turns Into Elephant Handbag Thievery

Image via YouTube                            

The problem with being an elephant is that your enormous size pretty much precludes any handbag thievery being performed with ninja-like precision and secrecy.

No, stealing a purse is instead relegated to a veritable smash-and-grab operation, which is captured on video for all to see.

The Bangalore Mirror’s Sridhar Vivan (h/t The Telegraph) reports on one attempted selfie shot going awry to the tune of a presumably important purse.

The publication spoke with Austin Cherupuzha, the photographer who captured the moment an elephant decided to munch from an impromptu automobile drive-thru.

Cherupuzha explains the following images from his vantage point: “I was on an assignment to Bandipur and it was then that I noticed this strange incident. On spotting the elephant and its calf, the family parked their car on the roadside and stepped out of the vehicle. They began clicking pictures. It may have been the camera flash which disturbed the pachyderm, and it charged at them. The couple managed to escape. The car's windows were open. It was then the bizarre thing happened. The elephant took a bag — said to be made of leather — from the car, devoured it, and then left.”

According to the report, the tourists that are now one handbag light were in Bandipur on their way to Ooty.

At some point they thought it wise to disrupt the local wildlife, which is never a good idea for respective animals or human tourists.

As Cherupuzha continued, the handbag contained a wealth of items, some of which may prove harmful to the elephant: “The victim was seen telling people that the travel bag had eatables (fruits), gold, and debit cards in it.”

An addendum to the report cautions that the elephant will now have to be monitored closely. Dr. Arun A. Sha tells the Bangalore Mirror: “If it's a ladies' bag, it would have cosmetic items, jewelry or shining embroidery works and chains. These things when consumed becomes tough for the animal to digest. If a bag has plastic or metal objects, probably it might lead to injury and internal bleeding.”

So let this be a lesson that we should all keep a manageable distance from local animals that inhabit various natural preserves around the world.  

Doing that will keep any and all species safe an on their way to completing their travels. It also means you don’t have to cancel the credit cards because they were eaten by an elephant.  

For more information on India

For more Entertainment News


You may use your Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook information, including your name, photo & any other personal data you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on Click here to learn more.