Footage captured shows the elephant comfortably crossing the border railing to get into Laos.
According to CCTV+, the incident took place on Saturday as the elephant strolled to Luang Namtha in Laos.
Watch the video below:
According to ABC News, soldiers on duty immediately dispatched two teams to look for the elephant and asked nearby residents to keep a watchful eye.
"It's winter now and there's not a lot of food in the forest areas. We often see wild elephants hunting for food in nearby villages," said Li Zhifu, a soldier with Chahe border-crossing checkpoint.
"The elephant has now returned to the forest safe and sound."
People on social media, meanwhile, can't stop marveling at the well-travelled elephant:
Watching an elephant cross the border from China into Laos at 4:30 in the morning was the soulful content that I did not know I needed- Julio (@VForVillegas) January 28, 2018
Watch how a wild elephant decided to cross the border from China to Laos... twice.- pointerlu (@pointerlu) January 28, 2018
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