Huffington Post In a disturbing video recently posted online, a tourist charges an elephant within Kruger National Park, a protected game reserve located in southeastern Africa. Latest Sightings, a blog that shares reports of animal sightings and videos taken within the bounds of the reserve, posted the user-submitted video on YouTube Saturday, calling the behavior “an absolute disgrace.” “Such behavior is not allowed and should never be done,” the blog writes. In the video, the man, who may be intoxicated, confronts the wild elephant as he is egged on by his friends. “Run at him, run at him right now,” one person yells in the background as the tourist rushes toward the animal. The elephant, clearly shocked by the confrontation, appears to prepare for the frontal assault, bowing its head forward before standing tall and waving its truck from side to side. After falling, the man gets up and runs toward the elephant yet again, this time waving his arms. While the elephant appeared to take an active response to the first threat, at the man’s second charge, the animal retreats and runs away.
This drunk tourist is lucky that he confused the hell out of the elephant, which clearly thought “This idiot must have some sort of brain disease and seems unpredictable, instead of crushing him I’ll get the hell out of here.” This could have, and should have, ended very badly for the drunk tourist. If he got any closer, and the elephant went into self defense mode, park rangers would still be attempting to peel him off of the bottom of the elephant’s foot. I wish the elephant killed this guy, it would have been natural selection, Darwinism at it’s finest.