British tourists’ car FLIPPED by elephant on South African sᴀꜰᴀʀɪ
Getting up close and personal to some of nature’s most ꜰᴇᴀʀsᴏᴍᴇ beasts is the main attraction of a sᴀꜰᴀʀɪ holiday. Unfortunately for two British tourists, one elephant took his brief a little too seriously. Chris Hare, 40, and fiancée Helen Jennings, 40, were a British couple on holiday celebrating their engagement. Eyewitness Vasti Fourie, who was travelling in a convoy through Kruger National Park, said “It charged towards the side of the car, lifted it up with its tusk, dropped it on its roof and calmly walked away.” The newly engaged couple’s car was ʀᴀᴍᴍᴇᴅ, sᴋᴇᴡᴇʀᴇᴅ and tossed upside down by the bull elephant, which lashed out after also trying to ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ the car in front. The huge bull elephant emerges from the bushes and rambles onto the dirt road towards the small Chevrolet Aveo car in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
The car had a hole in it before it overturned
The elephant appeared to pass by the car but then suddenly turned around and pushed its tusk against the passenger door and rolled the car. That was ʜᴏʀʀɪꜰʏɪɴɢ for them. It happened so fast and the car was flipped over and locked. After that, rangers said they found ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ stains on the British couple’s car and suggested that the elephant might have had a tooth abscess. Amazingly the couple both escaped the ɪɴᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛ with only minor skin ɪɴᴊᴜʀɪᴇs. What an experience, they will never forget.
The big elephant was wandering on the road before ᴇɴᴄᴏᴜɴᴛᴇʀɪɴɢ the car
It is now being tracked to see if it needs treatment. South Africa National Parks spokesman Reynold Thakhuli warned tourists to take extra care around wild animals and allow nothing to protrude from their cars. He said: ‘When you see an animal approaching do not ᴘᴀɴɪᴄ and try to move away as fast as you can. “Elephants can be very ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs when they feel ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛᴇɴᴇᴅ.”
The elephant momentarily left the scene
Couple talking to tourists after the ɪɴᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛ
Through this ɪɴᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛ we learn a lesson that tourists should keep a safe distance from any animals because sometimes they will be ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs to you.