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Angry Elephant Picks Up Truck Full Of Terrified Tourists

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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

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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

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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.

Continued

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

Musth Mystery

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Bulls in musth are more prone towards mating. They essentially change 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

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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 in the end. Luckily no one was hurt!

Terrified

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In the video, you can hear the tourists’ terror and disbelief! All of them hide behind their seats while the ranger driving the truck tries his best to keep calm and handle the situation.

Relief

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After what must have been a terrifying couple of minutes, the elephant backs down – not after getting some of his aggression out of course! And although not completely calm, he leaves the tourist alone.

Well-Handled

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The ranger handled the situation extremely well under the circumstances – I don’t know if I would have been able to keep my cool! Revving the engine and slapping the car door to warn the elephant through trying to assert dominance. In this case, the elephant was triumphant!

Watch Here

Screenshot from Elephant Picks up and Throws Truck full of Tourists. Source: Youtube, Uploaded: Latest Sightings

Have a look at the video here, and tell us how you would have reacted in the comments!

Wrapping Up with Elephant Picks Up Truck Full Of Tourists

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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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