Published On: Thu, Jun 2nd, 2016

Arnold Schwarzenegger charged by elephant in South Africa



Arnold Schwarzenegger had a bit of a fright this week in South Africa. The actor/former California Governor was in South Africa promoting Arnold Classic Africa, a multisport festival that took place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg over the weekend according to a Wednesday, June 1 report.

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Deciding to take a safari tour in the country, the tour group was approached by a curious visitor while sitting in a parked safari vehicle taking in the scenery. The group was watching an elephant standing in the middle of the road when things took a potentially dangerous turn.

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‘Some of us had to change our pants': Arnold Schwarzenegger jokingly stated about the incident or was he being serious? Here is what went down in those scary few moments. One passenger in the vehicle stated that the large elephant approached the vehicle and tapped it with his tusk as one passenger said, “No, no, no, no.” The driver restarted the engine. The irritated elephant then began walking backwards all while keeping its gaze on the vehicle.

“Is he backing up because of the engine?” a woman asked.

“No, he’s going to charge us,” Schwarzenegger said calmly.

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Next, the elephant began walking to the side of the road as if deciding to leave the area. “He’s had it,” someone said. The safari guide then stated the animal was just being inquisitive. Then it came back and started running toward the vehicle as it drove away.

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“I couldn’t have written this safari encounter better if it was a movie,” Schwarzenegger wrote on YouTube. “I’m absolutely in awe of these beautiful, strong animals.” Schwarzenegger, 68, shared his scary encounter on his social media accounts that he wished people would stop killing elephants and encouraged people to “take a photo, not a shot.”

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“Would you rather be able to experience these creatures or a hunk of ivory?” he wrote. “I thought so.”

Arnold’s encounter though making celebrity news headlines comes on the heels of another wild animal encounter at the Cincinnati Zoo, one that did not end as pleasantly as Schwarzenegger’s. As previously reported, a large 17-year-old gorilla named Harambe was shot and killed after a small boy made his way through the enclosure falling several feet into the zoo’s gorilla exhibit. The incident has since sparked worldwide controversy as to the handling of the incident by both the Cincinnati Zoo and the child’s parents.

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology