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WATCH Elephant Picks Up Truck Full Of Tourists

Single Walking Elephant
Single Walking Elephant Image by ccaetano via Depositphotos

Ever wondered what you would do if you were on scene as an elephant picks up a truck full of tourists? Hopefully, stay calm. Amazingly, someone on board managed to film the whole thing! So let’s get into it.

The Start

Elephant from Kruger Park, South Africa.
Elephant from Kruger Park, South Africa. By Rob Hooft – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

This encounter starts off with a bit of a standoff between the truck and an elephant. The elephant starts by taking a step or two closer and uses their trunk to blow up sand off the ground. It is attempting to show its dominance. Bam! The driver slams his car door loudly, in an attempt to make a large sound. Who do you think is more intimidated?

A Bull Elephant

A majestic male elephant.
A majestic male elephant. By Tall Black – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Bull elephants go through musth, this influences their behaviour significantly. The males get a lot more aggressive at this time! You can tell visually when occurs as on the sides of their heads, it looks like fluid being released.

As it continues

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

Some guests were nearby on foot and only four made it back to the car. Since revving the engine and driving towards the car was not working, what else could the driver do?

Musth Mystery

asian elephant
Indian elephant bull in musth. Image by Yathin S Krishnappav on Wikimedia Commons

Bull’s in musth are more prone towards mating. They are essentially changes their priorities from normal daily life to finding a female to procreate with. Unfortunately, this safari car found him at the wrong time and disrupted his determined search for a lady.

The Strength Unbeknown

african elephant
African Elephant in the bush. Image by RENATO CONTI via

With this elephant not backing down, he came closer and eventually lifted up the truck! He dropped it with a BANG on the ground. His intimidation tactics definitely won at the end. Luckily no one was hurt!

Wrapping Up with Elephant Picks Up Truck Full Of Tourists

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Elephant Picks up and Throws Truck full of Tourists, Source: Youtube, Latest Sightings

This is a great reminder for all safari guests to remember that the wild, is indeed very WILD. It is unpredictable and even the most experienced guides still have unimaginable adventures. That is the thrill of why we keep going back! What would you have done if you were in this car? Let us know in the comments below.

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