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Petrified safari tourists shrink while the hungry elephant sticks its trunk in the jeep in search of food

Petrified safari tourists shrink while the hungry bull elephant sticks its trunk in the jeep and searches for food

  • Safari tourists in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka, had a frightening encounter
  • Giant Indian elephant Gemunu stopped their jeep so he could search inside a garbage can
  • An anxious passenger can be seen jumping over his seat to protect a child

This is the nail-biting moment when a giant elephant sniffs through the trunk of a forest ranger with his trunk while frightened safari giants run inside.

Passengers on a safari tour in southeastern Sri Lanka received more than they expected after a giant male Indian elephant named Gemunu stopped their jeep so he could search the interior for food.

The incredibly close encounter shows a determined Gemunu standing in front of the jeep trying to get through Yala National Park, before use his suitcase to plunder a bin.

A shocked passenger jumps in front of his seat to protect a child from the elephant, while the bull’s heavy suitcase comes down where he had been.

Only finding plastic bottles and tissue paper brings the draft animal to his mouth to taste before deciding that they are not edible and spits them out.

After the animal has withdrawn its trunk from the windows, the rangers move on quickly, while another jeep reverses to avoid the beast.

The giant male Indian elephant named Gemunu stops two jeeps hoping to plunder their interior for food as they attempt to pass through Yala National Park, southeastern Sri Lanka

The giant male Indian elephant named Gemunu stops two jeeps hoping to plunder their interior for food as they attempt to pass through Yala National Park, southeastern Sri Lanka

One jeep reverses from the hungry beast and leaves the side of the other vehicle vulnerable to looting through the trunk of the enthusiastic elephant

One jeep reverses from the hungry beast and leaves the side of the other vehicle vulnerable to looting through the trunk of the enthusiastic elephant

One jeep reverses from the hungry beast and leaves the side of the other vehicle vulnerable to looting through the trunk of the enthusiastic elephant

Filmed on April 21 last year, the looting would be just one of many performed by the now famous Gemunu.

Because of his naughty behavior, the elephant has become notorious in his home in Yala National Park, where he has terrorized tourists for years.

According to reports, Gemunu had both tusks, but lost one after a fight with another elephant.

A shocked passenger can be seen jumping in front of his seat to protect his child against the elephant when it reaches the vehicle

A shocked passenger can be seen jumping in front of his seat to protect his child against the elephant when it reaches the vehicle

A shocked passenger can be seen jumping in front of his seat to protect his child against the elephant when it reaches the vehicle

I will have that: the male elephant gets stuck as he rummages through a container looking for food leftovers from the tourists

I will have that: the male elephant gets stuck as he rummages through a bin looking for food leftovers from the tourists

I will have that: the male elephant gets stuck as he rummages through a container looking for food leftovers from the tourists

A plastic bag and paper don't seem to like him if he brings the items to his mouth before dropping them again

A plastic bag and paper don't seem to like him if he brings the items to his mouth before dropping them again

A plastic bag and paper don’t seem to like him if he brings the items to his mouth before dropping them again

The average male of the Indian elephant is nine feet tall and weighs no less than five tons, but usually does not pose a threat to humans.

Indian elephants are now an endangered species, with an estimated population of only 20,000 left in the world.

Sri Lankan law protects elephants and killing one carries the death penalty.

While the jeep drives away quickly, the naughty elephant blocks the way for the jeeps behind

While the jeep drives away quickly, the naughty elephant blocks the way for the jeeps behind

While the jeep drives away quickly, the naughty elephant blocks the road for the jeeps behind

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