Footage of an elephant flipping over a car was captured in South Africa on Decemeber 30, 2013 while Sarah Brooks, 30, from Spalding in Lincolnshire, was in the car with her fiancé, Jans de Klerk.
The incident was filmed by a car of South African tourists behind the couple, one of whom can be heard saying: “Reverse, reverse… they’re going to die.”
They drove up behind the animal in the Kruger National Park when the elephant stopped and, according to the park’s manager, started “giving them lots of warning signs.” Warning signs given by elephants include flapping of the ears or a mock charge where the ears are fully spread with its head down.
In the video the elephant can be seen and heard doing both but at no point does the blue VW attempt to back away slowly. Instead it can be seen driving on and getting even closer to the elephant.
From the footage it appears they may have been trying to pass the elephant instead.
The woman pleads with her partner to “go, go, go,” becoming frantic when the elephant comes closer to their car. “It’s going to come our way, it’s going to come our way,” she says.
Although it can’t be seen in the video, the car was flipped three times by the elephant and pushed back more than 130 feet.
Sarah Brook was rushed to a local hospital with a wound to the back of her thigh from one of the elephant’s tusks, she has since been released. Besides that one injury, the couple escaped unharmed. They extended their stay in South Africa to allow the injury to heal.
William Mabasa, general manager at Kruger National Park said the elephant had been on “musth”, a periodic condition which raises testosterone up to 60 times its normal level.
“Unfortunately we had to put down the elephant because we did not understand the behaviour,” he added.
It also had an injury, which is believed to have increased its aggressiveness.
The attack was believed to be the third by an elephant at the Kruger National Park last year.
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