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Angry Elephant Charges at Tourists During Safari in Karnataka Forest, Viral Video is Terrifying Twitter

Nature conservationists have often demanded forest departments ensure wildlife protection over tourism. (Credit: Susanta Nanda IFS)

Nature conservationists have often demanded forest departments ensure wildlife protection over tourism. (Credit: Susanta Nanda IFS)

The video shared by IFS officer Susanta Nanda elicited varied reactions from netizens. While some said it was wrong of the cart to chase the tusker, some found it terrifying how the elephants chased them.

Animal behaviour can be unpredictable and a group of tourists learnt the lesson the hard way while out on a safari in Karnataka recently. A video, shared by IFS officer Susanta Nanda on twitter shows an elephant chasing a safari cart inside the forest. The terrifying video starts off with the jumbo running behind the cart before it gives up the chase midway. But the encounter with the gentle giants didn’t stop there for the tourists. The vehicle again encountered yet another tusker ahead before it drove off to safety with its passengers.

As the first elephant stops chasing the vehicle, the camera recording the incident turns towards the front of the vehicle, where it encounters yet another elephant right in front of the vehicle. The driver doesn’t lose his calm and revs up the engine as the elephant runs ahead. But after a while the elephant stops running ahead and pauses, turns towards the vehicle and one can hear the tourists screaming. The elephant then again turns around and runs forward through the path and the vehicle goes on its way. Towards the end of the video, four-five elephants are seen grazing nearby in the bushes.

The News Minute reported that senior officials in Karnataka said that the incident took place at BR Hills range forests in Mysuru district.

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Netizens reacted differently to the video. While some said it was wrong of the tourists to chase the tuskers, some found it terrifying how the elephants chased them.

Nature conservationists have often demanded forest departments ensure wildlife protection over tourism and thus restrict tourist movement to bare minimum in the very interiors of the forest for both conservation and safety purposes.

first published:March 15, 2021, 22:10 IST