Elephant loose in Blackpool, Cork

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Watch the startling video of a runaway elephant in a car park in Blackpool, Cork.

The Indian elephant gave customers in Blackpool shopping centre in the city a fright when it broke free from the Courtney Bros circus camped nearby.

Elephant on the run in Blackpool, Cork.

Elephant on the run in Blackpool, Cork.

The pachyderm, ignoring the efforts of a keeper to bring it under control, ambled through the shopping centre car park before dashing onto a nearby road.

It was eventually brought under control and returned to the circus.

Footage of the incident was captured by workers in an office block overlooking the scene.

For the full story visit the Irish Examiner website.