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Safari tourists suppress their giggling while elephants scratch their bottom on their cars

I have a huge itch! Safari tourists suppress their giggling while elephants scratch their bottom on their cars

  • An elephant wandered from her herd to inspect a safari jeep full of tourists
  • She then starts rubbing her against the vehicle to scratch an itch
  • The incident occurred during a safari in Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

A wild elephant gave safari tourists an unexpected surprise as they approached their vehicle – and then started using it as a scratching post.

Video filmed by Chantal Pavitra Naidoo, wife of game ranger Kavi Naidoo, shows the elephant walk to the vehicle with the roof open.

While the tourists, enjoying a safari in Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa, become silent, the elephant turns around gently.

She is then seen ashamed as she rubs her substantial rear against the vehicle, much to the surprise of the giggling tourists.

The group screams softly while the elephant scratches itchy, while guard Kavi warns them not to upset the beautiful animal.

While the tourists look up and down, the elephant runs back to the river bed, where the rest of her herd feeds.

Kavi, who has worked as a game ranger for more than 17 years, said: “I thought the elephant was about to leave, because elephants sometimes approach very curiously. I did not expect that she would turn around and give her a good scratch on the front bumper of the open game vehicle. ”

Kavi explained how rare the meeting was and added: “I had them [elephants] often come close, but touching the vehicle is extremely rare.

Video filmed by Chantal Pavitra Naidoo, wife of game keeper Kavi Naidoo, shows the beautiful creature walking towards the open jeep. While the tourists, while enjoying a safari in Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa, become silent, the elephant turns around gently

Video filmed by Chantal Pavitra Naidoo, wife of game keeper Kavi Naidoo, shows the beautiful creature walking towards the open jeep. While the tourists, while enjoying a safari in Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa, become silent, the elephant turns around gently

She is then seen ashamed as she rubs her substantial rear against the vehicle, while Kavi Naidoo (left and right) tells the bewildered tourists to remain silent

“It was amazing to see one scratching his bottom against the vehicle.”

Kavi said: ‘It was a game drive at the end of the afternoon and we came across these breeding herd of elephants feeding along the riverbed.

‘They were pretty relaxed and let us get close and watch them.

“Guests sometimes get uncomfortable and even scared when elephants are approaching very close, so I asked them not to panic but to just stay put and not make sudden movements or noises that might scare the elephant.

The group screams softly while the elephant scratches itchy, while guard Kavi warns them not to upset the beautiful animal. While the tourists look up and down, the elephant runs back to the river bed, where the rest of her herd feeds on

The group screams softly while the elephant scratches itchy, while guard Kavi warns them not to upset the beautiful animal. While the tourists look up and down, the elephant runs back to the river bed, where the rest of her herd feeds on

The group screams softly while the elephant scratches itchy, while guard Kavi warns them not to upset the beautiful animal. While the tourists look up and down, the elephant runs back to the river bed, where the rest of her herd feeds on

‘There were many very young calves in the herd and the elderly can sometimes become very protective and aggressive. I did not expect that she would turn around and give her a good scratch on the front bumper of the open game vehicle.

“It turned a tense moment into a funny one, and some guests even giggled quietly while others desperately tried not to laugh out loud.

“With the elephant right against the vehicle at this stage, I urged them to be quiet while they enjoy the moment, so as not to scare the animal up close.”

He added: ‘The guests were naturally a little nervous as the elephant approached because they occasionally rushed to vehicles.

“The experience is improved in an open game vehicle because there is no coverage between you and the animal.

“But when it started to scratch, it turned out to be a very funny and unusual situation.”

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