A wild elephant surprised Chinese border officials over the weekend when it turned up at their border checkpoint and carefully stepped over roadblocks to enter Laos.

China's state broadcaster aired a video showing the elephant taking a stroll into the neighboring country. Its trip abroad lasted less than two hours as the large pachyderm casually crossed back into China from Laos.

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