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  • Jan 15th 2014 at 12:29PM
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Wild animals regularly pose a threat to drivers. Here in Michigan, we worry about deer. In Colorado, the animals are a bit bigger (your author once saw a dead mountain lion on the side of the road outside of Telluride). Sweden, meanwhile, has to deal with moose. South Africa, though, trumps just about everywhere else, because occasionally drivers will need to contend with elephants.

Don't be confused by this video; adorable pachyderms aren't simply wandering major highways. This is a video from inside Kruger National Park in northwest South Africa, showing a bull elephant facing down what we think is a Volkswagen Golf, before ramming and goring the hatchback with its tusks. The British couple at the wheel suffered some injuries during the attack, although none were life threatening and both driver and passenger are out of the hospital.

According to The Independent, the park's general manager, William Mabasa, said the couple's instinct "to stay quiet and still," was not incorrect, although he did point out the situation could have been avoided. "It's a big animal," Mabasa said. "There's no need to get close."

In the elephant's defense, it looks like it gave the Golf plenty of opportunities to back up and escape before it turned its tusks on the German hatchback. Mabasa said the animal was in the midst of a "musth," which can raise testosterone levels 60 times above normal, which may have contributed to the aggressive behavior. The animal was put down following the incident.

Scroll down for the video, and be warned, although most of the video is spoken in a mix of English and Afrikaans, there is some foul language.

UPDATE: The originally linked video has been taken down. We found another, which is available below.

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      Are you kidding me, those people had about a hundred opportunities to get out of there, instead they decide to follow the dang thing. And instead of backing up like the people in the car filming, they sit there and get attacked. And in my opinion they completely deserved to be. Now because of their utter stupidity, they got the elephant put down, unbelievable... They should at least be fined or something because they were basically harassing the elephant... complete idiots! And the person filming that absolutely sucks at filming...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who the hell puts an animal down after THAT?? Those dumb asses had plenty of time to reverse and leave!!! They should have been put down instead!!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's absolutely ridiculous that they had to put the elephant down because of the tourist's stupidity. WTF?!?
      • 1 Year Ago
      The couple did not stay quiet and still. They crept up and followed the elephant as it was walking. They wanted something, and they got more than they bargained for. I'm no tree-hugging activist but I do have an appreciation for wild animals and I believe you should respect them, not egg them on to do something for your amusement. So now the elephant is dead thanks to the stupid brit couple, and the brit couple will now go home, with smiles on their faces and an "exciting" story to tell all their friends and family, at the cost of this elephant's life. Makes me sick.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Was there something wrong with the elephant? I don't understand why it had to be euthanised. It's not like it randomly decided to run up and attack the car. I wonder if the tourists were teasing it...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those a holes just killed an elephant and nearly themselves just to get some pictures? I hope SA punishes them!
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Worst camera holding ever!
      • 1 Year Ago
      VW driver should have been put down. There were MINUTES of opportunity for the VW to escape by backing away or even driving forward.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's odd that the people close the elephant did nothing whereas the people much farther away were totally freaking out. That was one of the worst quality videos ever, despite apparently having a clear view and a reasonably decent handheld camera.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The whole time im watching this video in my mind im yelling MOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE THE F****KING CAR !!!!!!!
        • 1 Year Ago
        I find it somehow fitting that I read that line in Jeremy Clarkson's voice.
      • 1 Year Ago
      How hard is it to keep a video camera straight? Point it at the object and don't move it! It is that simple.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Really? And at the end of this elephant got killed? I'd really like to know why exactly ... looks like blue tin can full of idiots came crashing into elephant's Starbucks, not the other way around.
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