Elephants escape circus in Russia, go for a stroll through city's snowy streets

This isn’t a sight you see often.

A pair of elephants were caught on video taking a wintry stroll along the streets of Russia's third-largest city after escaping from a circus Thursday.

The local circus in Yekaterinburg said the two elephants — Karla and Ranni — belonged to an Italian company that ran a show there during the New Year holidays, according to the Associated Press.

When the circus troupe in Yekaterinburg tried to load the animals into a truck to head to the next destination, they resisted and walked away.

When the circus troupe in Yekaterinburg tried to load the animals into a truck to head to the next destination, they resisted and walked away. (AP/Anna Dubrovskaya)

When its troupe tried to load the animals into a truck to head to the next destination, they resisted and walked away. The circus said Ranni loitered near the loading point but the more adventurous Karla decided to take a tour of the city.

Videos taken of Karla’s exploits show one man trying to stop her by holding on to her trunk – but he ended up being pushed across the street with his feet sliding on the ice.

It reportedly took a dozen people to corral the wandering elephant. (AP)

It reportedly took a dozen people to corral the wandering elephant. (AP)

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Handlers finally got a rope around one of the elephant's front legs, but it took a dozen people to pull her back. She reluctantly obeyed after playing in the snow.

An elephant crosses the street in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

An elephant crosses the street in Yekaterinburg, Russia. (AP/Daniil Romanov)

“The elephants wanted to get some new experiences before a long journey, and they got them,” the circus commented.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.