Elephants in Thailand’s Khao Yai National Park are generally passive creatures, but one thing they apparently can’t stand is loud traffic. This lone moped rider was run off a road in the center of the park by a herd of elephants after he drove nearby. It was not exactly his fault—the elephants were already agitated after a number of motorcyclists passed by earlier.
As you can see in the video below, the elephants group together when facing a threat and even the young joined in. The large animals did little more than make some noise and later moved on, allowing the rider to beat a hasty escape from the park.
This man also did the right thing by standing still and remaining calm. Running away from an elephant or turning your back on it is a bad idea, as these massive creatures are one of the few herbivores known to give chase. Generally, only predators will instinctively chase threats, but elephants will, too. There have been recorded cases of elephants chasing down and trampling tourists.
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