Elephant Attacks Safari Jeep
Professional safari guide Johann Lombard experienced something like never before after this powerful 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.
Wow! What a nightmare! Just imagine being in that car, filming those elephants and suddenly seeing one charge toward your vehicle. But, unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that an elephant had attacked a car.
Regardless of whether elephants are startling when they make a direct route straight for you, poaching has made people genuinely hazardous to the creatures too. Elephants are one of the largest animals on Earth. They are gentle, calm, peaceful and slow giants that can weigh from 6,000 to 20,000 pounds.
Usain Bolt ran the London 2012 100m Olympics last at 9.63 seconds, so his speed was 37.383kmph. An elephant can keep running at an expected speed of between 35-40kmph rates, pounding every one of the hedges in transit.
At the point when the elephant has true aim, you can see that its trunk is looped inwards and its ears are near the head. If you are meandering around in safaris in the elephant territory, at that point, you need to search for these signs.
Male elephants are very aggressive. They are large and powerful, and they can defend themselves from the predators. They can wander around alone, and they are not obligated to with the herd all the time like the females have to do.
Also, male elephants like to fight with each other to show who is the strongest and to show dominance. Musth is the point at which a male elephant goes "into the season." He will have as much as multiple times the typical dimension of testosterone siphoning through his system.
The older they get, the more aggressive and dominant they become. So, this kind of behavior is typical among male elephants, especially if they are with his “biddies.” He has to show off in front of them!