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Courtney Allan

Terrifying moment angry elephant charges at Aussie tourists during South African safari

Terrifying moment angry elephant charges at Aussie tourists during South African safari

A jeep full of tourists got more than they bargained for as they’ve filmed the moment an adult elephant charged towards their car.

The footage posted to YouTube shows the vehicle reversing at high speed to escape the irritated animal that’s chasing the vehicle.

The elephant appears to ram the front of the vehicle in the video and makes trumpeting noises while flapping its ears while chasing the vehicle.

Some of the passengers used their phones to film the ordeal, while the driver desperately tried to lose the elephant. 

The driver is seen reversing at high speeds to outpace the elephant, who isn’t happy at all with the intruders.

People were quick to comment on the nerve-wracking encounter.

“Not even a full grown male. Wouldn’t have ended well with that happening,” someone said.

Others were quick to point out the car full of people filming the event.

“Getting attacked by an elephant? Get the Snapchat ready,” one person wrote.

“Quick the elephant trying to kill us, grab [your] phone,” another added.

The average African elephant will grow between 2.5 to 4 metres from shoulder to toe and weigh between 2268kgs to 6350kgs, according to the National Geographic. They are known as the largest animals on Earth and are also known to defend their territory with the same gusto seen in the video.