Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Next time you see an elephant, beware.
In this amazing sequence of photographs, a giant bull elephant is seen flipping a car over like it was a toy in the Pilansberg Game Reserve in North West Province, South Africa.
Pilanesberg Game Reserve is set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, and is the fourth largest in South Africa, covering an area of 55, 000 hectare.
Pilanesberg National Park accommodates virtually every mammal of southern Africa and is also home to the Big Five.
However one amazing moment was captured by photographer Riaan van Wyk, who watched the whole wildlife scene from a safe distance!
Irishman John Somers was celebrating his 66th birthday and driving through the Pilanesberg National park with a friend when he decided to try and overtake a huge and horny bull elephant. Big mistake.
The elephant, called Amarula, at first rubbed itself up against the car, perhaps mistaking it for a female mate.
But then the beast, pumped full of hormones, became aggressive and flipped the car on its roof as the terrified occupants clung on for dear life inside.
Luckily, they suffered only minor cuts and bruises from the incident.
What a memorable birthday Mr Somers..
Don't mess with elephants.