Jungle safaris are quite popular in India. Jim Corbett, which is the oldest national park in India is home to many kinds of animals. Tigers, Elephants and Deers are a common sight at the national market and many tourists from the region visit the place to spot these animals. Recently, an elephant attacked a convoy of Maruti Suzuki Gypsy SUVs that were carrying tourists for the safari. Here is a video that shows you what happened exactly.
Elephant attacking the Gypsy
The video taken from YouTube has been taken from another vehicle in the convoy and clearly shows the angry elephant attacking the Gypsy. As per reports, the driver of the jungle safari drove close to the herd of elephants roaming around in the jungle after a tourist requested for a selfie with the wild animal. The elephant first attacked the vehicle from the front of the vehicle and after people started making noises to shoo away the animal, it came to the side of the SUV. In the meantime, the other safari vehicles can be seen scrambling away from the spot to escape any attacks from the tusker. Once on the side, the elephant charged at the vehicle once it came too close and tried to flip it upside down.
People inside the vehicle can be seen traumatized and a few people also jumped out of the vehicle and were trying to ward off the elephant. After a few hits and failing to topple the SUV over, the elephant looked at the other vehicle, which went away from the angry elephant in reverse direction. The elephant then joined the parade and went away from the location.
Elephant attacks on the vehicles are quite common in the area. A couple of months ago, a wild elephant overturned a private car, which was parked on the road in the same area. Several reports of such incidents have come from the region. Animal attacks are not restricted to this area of the country. Several reports of animal attacks have been reported and recorded on video from the other parts of the country.
Sometime back a wild hippopotamus attacked vehicles on a public road. It tried to charge on the vehicles and was seen running after the vehicles too. The incident from Assam became viral across the nation. Many elephant attacks have been reported from the Southern states of the country too.
Stay calm during elephant attacks
Animals, especially the elephants are very calm and would not attack until provoked. One should never go dangerously close to the wild animals as they are very unpredictable. If an animal feels threatened by humans, it will attack. This is why it is important to maintain distance from wild animals. Herds of wild elephants can often be spotted crossing the roads in the forests and national parks of India. One should just stop the vehicle and wait for the animals to cross the road without any disturbance.
Also, if the animal attacks the vehicle, the best thing is to stay calm and not threaten the animal. Threatening the animal can cause the situation to become aggravated.