Caught on video: Elephant crosses Chinese border

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CHINA/LAOS (APTN / CCTV / CBS Newspath) -- A wild elephant on Saturday surprised Chinese border officials when it turned up at their border checkpoint and carefully stepped over roadblocks to enter Laos.

A wild elephant on Saturday surprised Chinese border officials when it turned up at their border checkpoint and carefully stepped over roadblocks to enter Laos. China's state broadcaster CCTV broadcast video showing it crossing the border. Courtesy: APTN / CCTV / CBS Newspath

China's state broadcaster CCTV on Monday broadcast video showing the elephant taking a stroll into the neighboring country at about 4:30am.

Its trip abroad lasted less than 2 hours.

Just after 6 a.m the elephant casually crossed the checkpoint in the opposite direction.

The broadcaster cited local border patrol officers as saying elephants often look for food in neighboring areas during the cold winter months.