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Stampeding elephant chases a group of startled giraffes away from a watering hole

An angry elephant startled a herd of giraffes as they tried to share its water hole in Botswana.

The giraffes were trying to cool off in the water but were frightened by the elephant swooping up behind them.

Impressive scenes were captured by wildlife photographer Janet Kleyn, 52, at Mashatu Game Reserve.

Janet said: ‘As soon as the elephants passed through the trees and caught the underwater giraffes, this baby elephant started to blow the trumpet and run towards them.

‘In general, elephants do not like other animals sharing their space in a water hole and will often drive them away.

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An angry elephant startled a group of giraffes when they tried to share his water hole in Botswana

‘In particular, the kids love to chase after other animals. It’s hardly serious, but sometimes one animal can get hurt – In this case, all the giraffes just run away.’

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The giraffes were trying to cool off in the water but were spooked by the stampeding elephant calf who rushed up behind them
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The tower of giraffes quickly dispersed after noticing the onrushing elephant who charged at the animals
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The dramatic scenes were captured by wildlife photographer Janet Kleyn, 52, at the Mashatu Game Reserve
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The elephant calf approached the giraffes from the bushes and quickly rushed towards them while they were cooling off
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Elephants tend not to be fond of other animals sharing their space at a water hole and will often chase them away

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