By Joe McFarlane 



A runaway Elephant stunned residents of a Russian town as the giant animal played in the snow in the middle of the street.


When Irina Larionova looked out of her window on a cold winter’s day in Ekaterinburg, Russia, the last think she expected to see was a full-grown elephant wandering the streets.


Spotting the amazing sight as she looked out of her high-rise window, Irina, as well as multiple other stunned spectators, watched as the elephant sat down and frolicked in the snow.


The elephant had somehow managed to wander off from a circus whose troupe was performing in town and had fun in the snow for a full 30 minutes before she was returned home.


Irina said: “I was very surprised at what was happening. I had never seen such a sight.”