PICS: Elephant sends buffalo flying through the air

2016-02-01 10:09


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Cape Town – Shocking and extremely vivid pictures have emerged of an attack between a female elephant and a male buffalo in Kenya.

The dramatic images showed an elephant impaling a buffalo, tossing it in the air and then shaking the animal to death.

According to the Daily Mail, the buffalo had been sleeping under a tree, when he was surprised by a large female elephant.

The buffalo then charged at the elephant. In retaliation the elephant then impaled the buffalo, lifting the massive creature into the air.

Rangers at the Maasai Mara say that the buffalo was probably sick and definitely acted out of character.

The images were captured by Kimberly Maurer, who was on holiday at the time.

"I started looking through the images on the back of my camera immediately after the attack and became very excited to discover that I had actually captured the event in detail."

In Harare, late in 2015, a video was posted on YouTube of an elephant attacking a tour vehicle at the Gonarezhou National Park in southern Zimbabwe. The driver of the vehicle appeared to have recklessly followed the irritated animal.

The clip, posted by Frank Martin, opens with the angry-looking elephant warning off the vehicle.

As safari guests chatter excitedly in the back, the vehicle takes off across the sand toward the elephant, which trumpets and then charges.

For several seconds, there is the sound of screaming from the passengers and the noise of the elephant thrusting its tusks at the bars of the open vehicle. Then the elephant veers away from the vehicle while a guide gets out and points his gun.

The Harare elephant attack is below:

Read more on:    kenya  |  east africa  |  animals

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