Elephant rams boat full of tourists that got too close

Elephant rams boat full of tourists that got too close

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Elephant rams boat full of tourists that got too close

A guided boat tour on the Chobe River in Kasane, Botswana, took a dangerous turn when an elephant grazing in the water turned its attention on the boat full of tourists that was invading its territory.

The elephant suddenly charged the boat and rammed it three times, pushing it away as if to say, “Get out of here.”

“Luckily I was already recording because the charge happened so fast, that I would not have been able to get my camera out in time for the action,” Su-An Marais of South Africa told LatestSightings.com.

“My husband and my father-in-law are the two people in front whom almost had an elephant tooth through each of their heads…

“The elephant pushed our boat away and we drifted off with wet pants in absolute unbelief of what just happened versus what could have happened.”

Marais explained that the guide shut off the motor to allow the boat to float closer to the elephant in silence. When the elephant charged, the guide didn’t switch on the motor knowing it would have upset the elephant even more.

Fortunately the elephant backed off as the boat drifted away.

“I realize the sounds and boats in such close proximity must have irritated the elephant because there were a few boats that circled the elephant, but ours was by far the closest,” Marais told LatestSightnings.com. “It was quite an audience—one can understand that the elephant might have felt deprived of its privacy.”

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