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Escape from an elephant: Jumbo chases after a car after being startled by passing vehicles in Kenya

The dramatic images show that a giant elephant crashed into a car after it was startled by motor vehicles as it plunged down a road in Kenya.

The giant female elephant passed the car and was ready to trample it before the driver ejected after another driver alerted the animal by racing down the country road.

The scene was captured on camera by Mwangi Kirubi, 43, waiting in the car to take a picture in Amboseli National Park as two other vehicles rushed past him.

That prompted the herd’s matriarchal to approach the fourth car, where some of Mwangi’s fellow photographers were waiting – forcing them to flee.

Mwangi, from Nairobi, was camping in the national park when the dramatic scene unfolded.

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Pursuit: A huge female elephant chases after a car after being startled by passing vehicles in a Kenyan national park

“We split into two groups and traveled in two cars,” he said. We were sitting peacefully enjoying the elephants’ companionship until two other vehicles rushed towards us and urged us to give way to them.

‘I don’t know where they went, but they rushed and bypassed the park’s 40 km / h [25mph] speed limit.

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Escape: The photographers waiting in the car were forced to flee when the startled elephant started chasing them
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Escape: The photographers waiting in the car were forced to flee when the startled elephant started chasing them

‘I didn’t think it provoked the elephants too much, until from inside my car I saw the elephants’ baby moving towards another vehicle, which contained other photographers and threatened to attack.

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Approach: The elephant went after the parked car after two other vehicles had hurtled down the rural road and startled it
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Arrival: The elephant moved into the dirt track in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park before turning to chase after the vehicle
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Giving chase: The elephant loomed large over the car and appeared poised to trample on it before the driver got away
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Giving chase: The elephant loomed large over the car and appeared poised to trample on it before the driver got away
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Behind you: The fleeing car and the elephant behind it were captured on camera by Mwangi Kirubi who was in another car
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On the run: The elephant’s giant ears appeared to sway from side to side as it chased after the motor vehicle in Kenya
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On the run: The elephant’s giant ears appeared to sway from side to side as it chased after the motor vehicle in Kenya
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Trunk at the ready: The elephant chases after the car but the motor vehicle eventually manages to outrun the giant mammal

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