Here’s another great photo journal of fascinating animal life: Amarula, the popular road rage elephant. This happened in Africa in February of 2011; I’m not sure when it went viral, since I only received it today — and am not on many forward lists, besides! (I usually delete them.)
John Somers, traveling in Africa with wife Carina:
When I turned a corner there was a [small truck] in the road in front of us. The driver started reversing and stopped next to us. I’m Irish, and he was speaking Afrikaans, but I could make out the word ‘elephant’, . I tried to reverse, but the back of the car was half off the road in a ditch and in order to get out I would have had to drive forward.
The elephant came walking down the road. I was afraid of making a noise and turned the engine off.
Amarula was at John’s vehicle by this time; the disturbed elephant broke the driver’s side window and rubbed up against the car.
It really seemed to regard the car as a female elephant and was making advances to ‘her’. Carina and I were very nervous, because we could see the elephant was in musth.
Musth is when bull elephants experience a rise in reproductive hormone and highly aggressive behavior.
When the bull started flipping the car over, my life literally started flashing past before my eyes. The car landed on its roof and we were lying inside it.
Resources: Amarula, the road rage elephant
- Snopes.com – Road rage elephant a true story
- Musth – Wikipedia
- Don’t you mess with Amarula the elephant – Taildom
Post written on Tuesday, April 10, 2012