Angry elephant charges at tourist boat when it drifts too close

Angry elephant charges at tourist boat when it drifts too close on river in Botswana

  • Clip was filmed by tourists on a boat in the flooded Chobe river in Botswana
  • Angry elephant can be seen hitting the boat repeatedly with its tusks in video
  • After the boat leaves, the elephant goes back to happily grazing in deep waters

A group of tourists got more than they bargained for when an angry elephant charged at their boat when it drifted too close on a river in Botswana.

In the clip, filmed on the flooded Chobe river, the camera zooms in on the elephant as it grazes deep in the water.

As the elephant catches the boat out of the corner of its eye, it quickly turns and charges at the boat to cries of ‘oh my word’.

The angry elephant caught the tourist boat out of the corner of its eye before quickly turning and charging at it

The creature rushed at the boat on the Chobe river in Botswana while tourists cried out saying ‘oh my word’ 

The creature then headbutts the boat several times as the tourists film and take pictures of the angry animal.

It continues to loudly hit the side of the boat with its tusks before the boat drives away.

The elephant then retreats and returns to grazing in the water.


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South African Su-An Marais, who filmed the video, said: ‘Although this is by far the closest I’ve ever been to an elephant, it seemed to be grazing quite peacefully in the deep waters of the fully flooded Chobe river in Botswana. 

‘So I decided to take a video so I could record the plucking, chewing and breathing sounds to prove later how close we really were… but clearly it was too close for comfort. 

‘Luckily I was already recording, because the charge happened so fast that I wouldn’t have been able to get my camera out on time for the action.’ 

The elephant headbutted the boat several times, loudly striking the side with its tusks

After being hit the boat reverses and retreats before the elephant returns to grazing in the deep waters

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