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Angry Elephant Charges Safari Vehicle

Elephant charges safari vehicle

An angry elephant bull charged a group of tourists while on a safari vehicle near the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Giving them the fright of their lives and a trip they’ll certainly never forget! 

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Screenshot from Angry Elephant Charges Safari Guide | Big 5 | African Wild Elephants. Source: Youtube, Uploaded: Niël van der Walt

The group and their tracker were on the search for a herd of 22 elephants. Already causing a lot of anticipation and excitement knowing that they might come across the group of mighty animals! 

Spotted

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Screenshot from Angry Elephant Charges Safari Guide | Big 5 | African Wild Elephants. Source: Youtube, Uploaded: Niël van der Walt

Surrounded by the beautiful bush they spotted the first on the herd! You can hear excited voices chatting in the background of the video, they found them! They reversed a bit to see the herd coming from the left side, and that’s when the big surprise came. 

The Big Elephant Bull 

Elephant Charges Safari Vehicle
Screenshot from Angry Elephant Charges Safari Guide | Big 5 | African Wild Elephants. Source: Youtube, Uploaded: Niël van der Walt

With the sound of bushes crushing and branches snapping and loud trumpeting, they knew the elephants were close! As an elephant emerged from the bushes ahead distracting the tourists, the big angry elephant bull made his appearance on their close left. 

The Big Fright

Elephant Charges Safari Vehicle
Screenshot from Angry Elephant Charges Safari Guide | Big 5 | African Wild Elephants. Source: Youtube, Uploaded: Niël van der Walt

The angry elephant bull charged straight for the vehicle and the guide sitting at the front! Luckily, Cazwell, the tracker, kept his cool. However, he couldn’t resist shouting “What’s wrong with you!” as the elephant walked away. 

Watch the video here.

A Safari To Remember

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Luckily, no harm was done to the group except some adrenaline rushing through their veins. The guides‘ experience and skill definitely showed in the way they kept cool and calm in this intense situation! 

Why Was This So Scary? 

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If you’ve ever been on a Safari vehicle, you would know that they are open with no sides or windows. Which is great for viewing wild, but it offers very little protection. And as the video shows, it stands no chance against the size and range of an angry elephant bull! 

What Are The Chances Of Being Charged By An Elephant? 

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Lone African Elephant walking over a grassland. Image by Filip Olsok via Pexels

Elephants aren’t aggressive by nature, but will charge when they feel threatened or want to show off! Charging is a display of strength, which might be the case with this bull charging the Safari vehicle. 

How Big Is An Elephant Bull? 

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African Elephant in the bush. Image by Renato Conti via Pexels

The African Elephant bull can grow up to 13 feet in height, 24 feet from trunk to tail, and weigh between 10,000 and 14,000 pounds. Rightfully earning them their spot in the Big 5!

How Big Are Elephant Herds? 

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Elephants – African bush elephants in Matetsi Safari Area, Zimbabwe . Image via Charles J. Sharp, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Elephant herds vary greatly in size depending on environmental factors. Starting at 8 they can be as strong as 70 elephants in a herd! 

What Do Elephants Eat?

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Large herd of elephants approaching over the dusty plains of Etosha. Image via depositphotos.

These massive animals live on a herbivorous diet, eating mostly leaves, grasses, fruit, bark and roots. To feed their big bodies they can eat up to 300 pounds of vegetation and drink 50 gallons of water a day! 

How Long Are Elephants Pregnant For? 

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Female elephants are pregnant for 22 months and give birth to a single calf. And even though they are just babies, they are born at a weight of 220 pounds and stand 3 feet tall. 

How Do Elephants Communicate With Each Other?

African Elephant spraying sand onto its back. Image by Harvey Sapir on Pexels

These magnificent animals communicate through a bunch of vocalizations, like rumbling, screaming, and of course, the trumpeting sound we hear in the video! They also use body language, ear flapping, trunk gestures, and touching to communicate.

Why Are Their Tusks Important? 

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Walking african elephants mother and baby (Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya). Image via Depositphotos

They use their big tusks in various ways like digging for water and roots, communicating, protecting, and stripping bark from trees. 

African Elephant Conservation Status

Elephant family in Tanzania
elephants are extremely social and form complex relationships, working together. Image via Floodmfx, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

The African Elephant is listed as Endangered by the IUCN Red List. Their decreasing numbers are largely due to the poaching of these animals for their ivory tusks. Although anti-poaching units are fighting against the illegal killing of these animals, they still face danger every day. 

Last Say On The Elephant Who Charged A Safari Vehicle

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Adult elephants with cube. Image by GUDKOVANDREY via Depositphotos

Even though no one got hurt when the angry elephant bull charged the safari vehicle, this just reminds us of how big these animals are. And that the animal kingdom will always remind us how big the world actually is! 

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