Driver playing chicken with elephant fined

2013-05-31 09:00

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How not to treat an elephant

2013-05-29 12:47

Is our respect for wild animals at an all time low? Check out this video of yet another person aggravating an elephant. WATCH

Skukuza - A YouTube video of a man trying to push an elephant off the road with his vehicle in the Kruger National Park played a central role in justice being served.

According to William Mabasa, General Manager, Communications & Marketing for the Kruger National Park, authorities managed to track the perpetrator down thanks to the registration plate of his vehicle, which was clearly visible on the video. 

"The guy is not a staff member and we have already given him a fine of R1 000 [on Wednesday] after he was tracked down and summoned to come and answer for his conduct," he said, also responding to rumours that the driver was in fact a staff member trying to push a problem animal back into the bush for visitors' safety.

The video first appeared on YouTube on 25 May and was shared widely on social media. 

While elephants are mostly gentle giants, they are highly emotional beings and could be easily aggravated. 

According to it is imperative to keep in mind that they are extremely intelligent, and each individual has a distinct character. Although there will be exceptions to the rules, the common signs of a mock charge are bush-bashing, dust-throwing, trumpeting and other vocalizations, open ears and an intimidating presence, can be considered a mock-display.

Serious charges usually occur after all attempts to intimidate have failed, and the elephant feels threatened. The ears are pinned back and head and trunk are lowered. 

If it seems like an elephant is aggressive enough to charge your vehicle, the best thing to do is back away. Also never get between elephant cows and their calves.

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