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Tourists are shaken when an elephant hits a car and throws it into the ditch, in rugby style at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park, KZN

Failure to remove the car from the scene after being pushed by an elephant PHOTO: included

A pleasant day in the park became daunting as two tourists escaped an elephant attack on Wednesday as they headed from Memorial Gate to Hilltop Resort in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park.

The incident is thought to have happened shortly after noon when passengers in a white Ford Figo got involved in a close encounter with a bull elephant along the way.

Ezemvelo Wildlife spokesman Musa Mntambo said those in the car who asked for their names to be withheld and Ezemvelo’s Field Ranger, who witnessed the rare incident, spotted a bull elephant on the road walking towards his car.

Mntambo said as a regular visitor to the Park, he noted that the bull elephant seemed calm and approaching peacefully.

Mntambo said, knowing that the animals in the park always have priority, decided to park his car on the side of the road to let the elephant through.

“As the elephant walked towards the car, he somehow decided to acknowledge Ford’s presence by placing his trunk on the hood. Since this was an unexpected action by the elephant, the driver tried to free his car from the situation. However, the elephant did not appreciate the driver’s behavior. “

Mntambo said the elephant reacted and stuck his fangs in the passenger’s window, which “cracked as if it had never existed.”

He said he raised the car like rugby players who made a raise out of line.

He decided not to end this rugby action, but rather to throw the car in a ditch on the side of the road.

“As if that wasn’t scary enough, the elephant continued to push and attack the back of the car before deciding it wasn’t worth wasting its energy on an object that didn’t reciprocate, so it backed away,” Mntambo said.

Velenkosini Musawenkosi Ntombela, the field guard watching the incident, said even Mike Tyson, who was in his heyday, would have been jealous of the speed shown by the elephant.

In the blink of an eye, he said the demolition was complete.

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Failure to remove the car from the scene after being pushed by an elephant PHOTO: included

“He backed up a little distance, as if he was in the corner to have the boxing referee count to ten before declaring the fight over,” Ntombela said.

Ntombela said the elephant only got away from the car when he fired the warning shot safely. It was then that the elephant seemed to be approaching the car again, in which there were still vulnerable and shaken passengers.

He said the elephant then stopped approaching and disappeared into the bush.

The occupants of the car were instructed to leave their car and jumped into a Ezemvelo car. No visible injuries were detected on either passenger, Mntambo said.

He said passengers were helped to remove some of their personal belongings from their car and were driven to the monument’s gate to go home in other ways.

The CEO of Ezemvelo, Ntsikelelo Dlulane, expressed relief that no man had been lost, as this could easily have turned into an ugly situation.

“I am grateful that no human lives have taken place and also that early reports have shown that both passengers escaped the ordeal without visible injuries. My great appreciation also to Ntombela, who remained calm in the difficult circumstances. We never knew what would have happened if he panicked and decided to shoot the elephant, ”Dlulane said.

Tourists are shaken when an elephant hits a car and throws it into the ditch, in rugby style at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park, KZN

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