Elephant Attackes Safari Jeep

SnoekPublished: October 21, 20139,928 viewsVirality: 2%
Published: October 21, 2013

Professional safari guide Johann Lombard experienced something like never before after this intense elephant attack. Despite all precautions taken, sometimes the animals do act out without any provocation. Luckily everyone was okay!

According to Wikipedia, “musth is a periodic condition in male elephants, characterized by highly aggressive behavior and accompanied by a large rise in reproductive hormones. Testosterone levels in an elephant in musth can be as much as 60 times greater than in the same elephant at other times. However, whether this hormonal surge is the sole cause of musth, or merely a contributing factor, is unknown. Scientific investigation of musth is problematic because even the most placid elephants become highly violent toward humans and other elephants during musth.”

Cases of rogue elephants randomly attacking native villages or goring and killing rhinoceroses without provocation in national parks in Africa have been documented and attributed to musth in young male elephants, especially those growing in the absence of older males. Studies show that reintroducing older males into the elephant population of the area seems to prevent the younger ones from entering musth, and therefore, stop this destructive behavior.

The tourists on the safari tour saw this behavior first hand, but luckily for them, nothing happened and everyone was okay.

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