An angry elephant herd loudly protests a moped rider, who was forced off his motorbike in Khao Yai National Park in Thailand. Photo Khao Yai News Facebook page

An angry elephant herd loudly protests a moped rider, who was forced off his motorbike in Khao Yai National Park in Thailand. He begs and/or prays the animals do no harm. Photo: Khao Yai News Facebook page

A lone moped rider in Thailand was forced off his motorbike by an angry and very loud elephant herd, prompting the man to begin begging and/or praying that the animals leave him and his moped alone by the side of the road.

The unidentified man, unaware that a pack of motorcyclists had just roared past and agitated the elephant herd, was traveling through the heart of Khao Yai National Park near Korat, according to the Daily Mail.

A dashboard camera captured the scary scene:

As the moped rider attempted to pass the elephant herd, one elephant charged him and began trumpeting its disdain. Seconds later, at least five more elephants, including two babies, joined in with a noisy chorus of intimidation as they stood around the moped and its rider.

The man, wearing a helmet, stood behind his moped with hands together as if in prayer. Fortunately, the elephant herd didn't damage the man or his moped, and eventually wandered off, enabling the man to recover his motorbike and speed off unharmed.

"Motorbikes have to be banned from Khao Yai before something serious happens," Khao Yai News wrote on its Facebook page.

But motorbike riders aren't the only targets of the Asian elephants in Khao Yai National Park, the third largest park in Thailand at 74,000 acres.

In January, an elephant crushed a car. Several other encounters between motorists and elephants prompted one expert to call for a change of route for tourists to avoid future encounters.

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