An enraged elephant charges safari jeep in South Africa. Photo from Caters News Agency used by permission

An enraged elephant charges safari jeep in South Africa. Photo from Caters News Agency used by permission

An enraged elephant terrified a group of tourists on safari in South Africa when it rammed the side of the safari jeep with its trunk and tusks. The resulting jolt sent the shocked tourists to the floor of the jeep and the put the driver into survival mode, as he quickly drove off with the enraged elephant following for more than a quarter mile down the dirt road, according to Caters News Agency.

A tourist using an iPhone managed to get video of the moment the enraged elephant rammed the jeep:

The tourist told Caters that the safari jeep came around the corner and saw the elephant at the last minute, as it was hidden by a tree.

As you can see in the video, the elephant initially stepped toward the jeep, prompting the driver to put the vehicle in reverse and pull away from the animal. The enraged elephant backed away momentarily but then charged the jeep. Thankfully nobody was injured.

Enraged elephant

An enraged elephant rams a safari jeep in South Africa. Photo from Caters News Agency used by permission

The bull elephant was said to be in musth, a periodic condition in male elephants that is characterized by aggressive behavior and an increase in testosterone.

The tourist, who didn't wish to be identified, told Caters, "After giving a warning head shake and slight charge, he charged again after the driver put the vehicle into reverse. Everything happened so fast—the elephant's trunk crashed into the vehicle centimeters from where I was sat.

"What made the situation most dangerous was that everything was out of [our] control and I was at the total mercy of the driver, who luckily sped us to safety."

Thankfully the elephant eventually gave up the chase.

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