Tourists Have Close Encounter With African Bull Elephant In Zululand Bush

NewsflarePublished: October 25, 20172,438 views
Published: October 25, 2017

Did you know that the modern elephant is the only living relative of the once glorious and now extinct mammoth? How cool is that? Despite being unique, elephants are very important for the environment as well. They are considered to be keystone species due to their impact on their environments, and the other animals tend to keep their distance from elephants.

Elephants are very social animals and live in family groups that we refer to as herds. One interesting fact is that the female elephants are also called "cows" and males are called "bulls". Bulls have a special period in their life that is called musth, and it is a periodic condition characterized by highly aggressive behavior and accompanied by a large rise in reproductive hormones.

A group of tourists had the chance to observe a bull elephant from very close as it approached their safari vehicle in Mkuze Falls, South Africa. The footage, captured in January 2016, shows the tourists staying completely still as the elephant walks by the car. Although this is a perfectly appropriate reaction when seeing a male elephant, it is worth noting that these animals have their goofy side as well. And they love to tumble in mud and even have a knack for art!

"Everyone told to keep calm and not panic. Easier said than done, but keep cool we do" the filmer wrote online.

"No matter who gets tossed (wife next to me, sister in back of vehicle), gored or flattened, I am not going to stop filming".

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