Big animal: The female elephant also smashed homes and knocked over huts in a nearby village 

Big animal: The female elephant also smashed homes and knocked over huts in a nearby village

The wild elephant can be seen with a tranquilliser dart in its backside was it walks through Siliguri

The wild elephant can be seen with a tranquilliser dart in its backside was it walks through Siliguri

Scared: Officials said the elephant did not attack any people, and appeared to be afraid of anyone approaching

Scared: Officials said the elephant did not attack any people, and appeared to be afraid of anyone approaching

The panicked elephant was seen covered in blood and cuts as it careered down the streets

The panicked elephant was seen covered in blood and cuts as it careered down the streets

Confused: The elephant was eventually cornered by the crowds and animal rescue officers

Confused: The elephant was eventually cornered by the crowds and animal rescue officers

He said it did not attack any people, and appeared to be afraid of anyone approaching. After several hours, it became clear the elephant was unable to find its way back to the forest.

Authorities eventually shot the elephant three times with a tranquilizer gun and used a crane to lift it into a truck once it had calmed down.

It was then taken to a special park for domesticated pachyderms that is maintained by the forest department.

Once the effect of the tranquilizer wore off, authorities planned to return the elephant to the forest, Rai said.

Attacks by elephants have been on the rise in eastern India.

Wildlife experts say the destruction of animal habitats in the country is one of the main reasons for the increase in encounters between wild animals and villagers in rural areas of India.

Attraction: After fleeing onto balconies, local residents began filming the rampaging elephant

Attraction: After fleeing onto balconies, local residents began filming the rampaging elephant

Taken down: It took several rounds with a tranquilliser gun to stop the elephant in its tracks, as crowds of people gathered to watch from balconies and roof tops

Taken down: It took several rounds with a tranquilliser gun to stop the elephant in its tracks, as crowds of people gathered to watch from balconies and roof tops

In for a ride: The adult elephant was tranquillised and captured by wildlife officials and transported to a nearby forest

Going back: Once the effect of the tranquilliser wore off, authorities said they planned to return the elephant to the forest

Going back: Once the effect of the tranquilliser wore off, authorities said they planned to return the elephant to the forest