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Elephant Picks up and Throws Truck full of Tourists

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Elephant Throws Tourists. Image by Latest Sightings via YouTube

In this recent video, an elephant demonstrated its incredible strength and intelligence by lifting and attempting to throw a truck full of tourists during a safari experience. 

Elephant Meets Safari Truck

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The video begins with a peaceful scene typical of a safari tour. However, tranquility quickly turns into tension as an elephant approaches the vehicle. 

The Guide’s Reaction

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In an attempt to protect his guests, the safari guide positions the truck between the tourists and the agitated Elephant

Hey, I’m Walking Here!

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With astonishing strength, the Elephant lifts the truck, trying to move it aside.

What Happened Next?

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Eventually, after the guide yelled that it’s “Enough!” the elephant walked away, not far away, but away. The tourists were left terrified in the vehicle, and the guide radioed for help as the vehicle had troubles.

No one was hurt.

Triggers?

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If you look carefully at the elephant’s temple, you will see some fluid “leaking” as if he is sweating. This indicates the elephant is in musth.

What is Musth?

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African elephant in musth. You can tell he’s in musth by the liquid (temporin) being secreted from the temporal glands in his face. Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Musth in elephants is a periodic condition in adult males, characterized by highly aggressive behavior and increased testosterone levels. It involves swollen temporal glands and a continuous secretion of a thick, tar-like fluid. This state increases their reproductive success.

Why did the Elephant React Aggressively?

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An elephant in musth reacts aggressively due to a surge in testosterone, leading to heightened sexual activity and dominance behaviors. This aggression helps them compete for mates and assert dominance over other males.

The intelligence of elephants is comparable to that of primates and cetaceans, with abilities to use tools, recognize themselves in mirrors, and remember locations and individuals over long periods. 

Lessons for Safe Wildlife Tours

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Stay inside the vehicle at all times, including keeping your limbs inside. Further, always listen to your guide. They are well-trained, familiar with the park and the dangers, and prioritize your safety.

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More About Elephants

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Elephant via Unsplash

Elephants are highly social animals and have complex social structures and emotional depth. They exhibit behaviors that indicate grief, joy, anger, and empathy. 

Body Structure

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Elephant via Unsplash

An adult African elephant can weigh up to 6,000 kilograms (about 13,000 pounds) and has the muscle power and agility in its trunk to lift objects over 250 kilograms (550 pounds). 

Social Structure

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Elephants family and herd on African savanna. Safari in Amboseli, Kenya, Africa. Image via Depositphotos

African elephants live in matriarchal herds, led by the oldest female. These herds consist of related females and their offspring, providing a strong social bond and collective defense against predators.

Diet

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

Elephants are herbivores, consuming up to 300 pounds of vegetation daily. Their diet includes grasses, leaves, fruits, and bark, which they often strip from trees using their trunks and tusks.

Communication

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African elephants. Image via Depositphotos.

Elephants communicate through vocalizations like trumpets and rumbles, as well as through body language. They also use low-frequency sounds, inaudible to humans, to communicate over long distances.

Habitat

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

African elephants are found in diverse habitats including savannas, forests, and deserts across sub-Saharan Africa. Their habitat choice depends largely on the availability of food and water.

Lifespan

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In the wild, African elephants can live up to 60-70 years. They face natural threats like predation and disease, but human-related threats significantly impact their longevity.

Conservation

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

African elephants are endangered due to habitat loss, poaching for ivory, and human-wildlife conflict. Conservation efforts focus on anti-poaching laws, habitat protection, and fostering human-elephant coexistence.

Conclusion

African elephants. Image via Depositphotos

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