A elephant struggling to make a quick crossing from mum.
The herd ended up hanging around for hours.
But there is a more serious side to the problem than a few frustrated drivers.
How many African elephant are there in the world?
Back in the early part of the 20th century, there may have been as many as 3-5 million African elephants. But there are now around 415,000. Animals scattered in small blocks of isolated forest.
The elephants are coming into contact with their human neighbours. Elephants pushed into their path as their migration routes become blocked.
Coimbatore are particular hotspots call the area home.
Wildlife activists claims at least 20 people are killed by elephants every year in this region alone – elephants which, a few years ago, would never have come close a human settlement.
Meanwhile, 10 to 15 of the magnificent creatures are killed on the roads, either by speeding vehicles or poachers after their valuable ivory tusks.
However, the Indian government statistics suggest, across the country, wild elephants kill far more people than tigers, leopards or lions. As many as 391 people and 39 elephants died due to man-animal conflict in 12 months to 2015 across the country.
Yet wildlife activist Umesh Marudhachalam is clear on exactly whose fault this is.
‘The problem is not with the animals, it is with the human. We have destroyed their habitat and encroached up their migration route. What is remaining of the buffer should be preserved,’ he said.
One of the main reason behind these conflicts is the blocking of the traditional migratory path of elephants, which results in elephants crossing into human habitations and ravaging crops, activists say.