For whatever the reason was, an angry elephant was captured on video violently banging itself into a tourist vehicle that included some Australian tourists on a safari in South Africa.
The 37 seconds-long footage was captured by one of the tourists as they manage to flee from the terrifying moments as captured in the video.
In the ensuing scenes, the driver of the jeep vehicle they were driving in is heard calming them down, asking them to “hold on” as the mammoth mammal persistently pursues them.
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It’s unknown what the outcome was for the terrified tourists or how long the elephant chased them for. However, this incident follows the recent online outrage when a Canadian couple, Darren and Carolyn Carter from Edmonton, Alberta, shared a photo in which they were kissing behind a huge lion they had just killed at the Legelela Safari in South Africa.
Underneath the kissing photo, they wrote: ‘Hard work in the hot Kalahari sun…well done. A monster lion.’
Other photos show the same couple in front of another dead lion, captioned: “There is nothing like hunting the king of the jungle in the sands of the Kalahari.”
The Legelela Safaris, according to its official website, was founded to help and to guide hunters to experience hunting in Africa at its finest. Located in the north-eastern part of the Free State, the Safari encourages hunts all over South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
The tour operator which prides itself on having the best wing shooting that Southern Africa has to offer regularly shares snaps of dead animals alongside proud hunters on its Facebook page often grinning as they hold up their guns.
Trophy hunters often claim that they kill animals because they love animals. They rationalize their choice, for instance, by arguing that trophy hunting allows broader animal populations to be conserved.
The Carters, who run a taxidermy business, have described themselves as ‘passionate conservationists’ despite taking part in hunts, reports the Mirror. Mr Carter told the Mirror, ‘We aren’t interested in commenting on that at all. It’s too political.’
Eduardo Goncalves, the founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting, believes the lions were captive and bred for the sole purpose of being killed by hunters.
Legelela Safaris charges £2,400 ($3,000) for giraffe hunts and £2,000 ($2,500) for zebra. They also offer leopard, elephant, rhino and lion hunts.