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 Post subject: Elephant vs. Car
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:29 pm 
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Around 10h30 on Monday 12th November on the S25 between Malalane and Crocodile Bridge, we came across this scene. Apparently an angry Elephant had lost his cool and flipped this Hyundai Atos. The damage to the side of the car from his tusks was clear when we drove past.

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Does anyone have any more information on this incident? We have no idea how many occupants were in the vehicle, or whether anyone was hurt, as they had been driven from the scene by the time we had arrived (all of their belongings were still in the car however).


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 Post subject: Re: Elephant vs. Car
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Have a look here..............

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 Post subject: Re: Elephant vs. Car
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Thanks for the welcome and quick replies!

The media release has the incorrect location (unless there were TWO elephant incidents yesterday!) but nevertheless I'm glad to hear that there were no serious injuries sustained!

This is the only other image I have of the scene.
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 Post subject: Re: Elephant vs. Car
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This shows that we should always keep our distance with ellies as they are very temperamental :big_eyes:
Glad the oke had only a few bumps and bruises

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 Post subject: Re: Elephant vs. Car
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ossendryver wrote:
Wow!!
I've been getting reports of this the whole day!

May I share the photo?


Sure, no problem.


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Thanks

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 Post subject: Re: Elephant vs. Car
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The elephant lifted a first car off the ground (from behind) and then flipped the second car (there are pics that show the holes in the passenger door from the ellies tusks). Scary stuff!

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 Post subject: Re: Elephant vs. Car
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Hmmmm..... I wonder how close the ellie allowed the tourist to approach before losing his cool :hmz:

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..............and that is why we always give them a wide berth!! :big_eyes:

We drive an Atos!!! :whistle:


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 Post subject: Re: Elephant vs. Car
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I have to wonder why the driver didn't move forward out of the way of the Ellie?
certainly looked from the pics as if he could have! :?

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 Post subject: Re: Elephant vs. Car
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People underestimate the power of the thick skins. Golden rule – KEEP YOUR DISTANCE! It is their territory. A vehicle will not protect you from an angry eli. Your car, 2 tons vs eli, 5 tons – do the maths!

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Bush Baptist wrote:
Elephants are best viewed across the river through binos. :whistle:

I second, third and fouth that!! :lol:

They put the fear of death in me. :redface:
We had a similar experience, we were parked about 50m from where an agro young bull disappeared into the bush. A car passed and he came storming out and decided that we were the culprits. It felt like hours passing as we watched him clear the tar coming head on towards us. As he came closer he dropped his head as if he was going to head bump us and no more than 1m, I'm not joking, 1m in front of the bullbar he swerved to the side and came trumpeting past my window. I saw my life flash before my eyes and the Pajero being reduced to the size of a mini.

We were only parked way down the road and did not move an inch. We could not move, we were towing a trailer and had cars backed up from behind. I still to this day applaud SO for keeping his cool.

Nope, no one can tell me they need a reason to charge! :doh:

Since that day, KTP is my favorite park! They removed the last ellie when they took down the sign board! :dance: :lol:

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We were in Berg en Dal when the 2 attacks took place and just wondered if there was any feedback from SANparks as to the fate of the poor rhino cow who was injured after the walking trail incident?
We saw helicopters circling very low and heard they were trying to locate her.
All she was trying to do was protect her young.
Sure all the poaching which is happening in Kruger has a lot to do with the animals twitchy behaviour.
All very sad :cry:

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Hopefully just make folks aware of how strong an ellie is and if at all possible to not get yourself into a position where you put yourself at risk.

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 Post subject: Re: Elephant vs. Car
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Just for interest sake - the ellie got hold of two cars. First a Hyundi Atos with two British tourists after which it turned on the Chevy Spark with the American tourist.

http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Ollie-skok-toeriste-20121114


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