Hurry up slow coach! Unbelievable moment shell-shocked tortoise kicked around like a football by impatient elephant

Pic by Anton Swanpoel/Caters News

This is the moment an elephant appeared to play football with a TORTOISE!

Seemingly frustrated at how slow the tortoise was moving, the impatient elephant gave it more than a nudge as it kicked the tortoise across a field in South Africa.

After being given the boot by the elephant the shell-shocked tortoise can be seen attempting to run away.

But without speed on its side the tortoise was unable to move out of the way quick enough and the elephant continued to hurry it along with its hooves.

Despite being used as a football by the giant mammal the tortoise seemed to escape unscathed.

The funny moment was caught on camera by Anton Swanpoel, 48, while on holiday with his wife Hantie at Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa.

Anton, from Western Cape South Africa, said: “We arrived at Spekboom hide, and saw 2 elephants at the waterhole.

 

Pic by Anton Swanpoel/Caters News

“The one was a little bit irritated. The elephant then kicked the tortoise out of the way, and the tortoise started running, like I never saw a tortoise run before.

“The one was a little bit irritated. The elephant then kicked the tortoise out of the way, and the tortoise started running, like I never saw a tortoise run before.

“But then the elephant kicked the tortoise again.

 

Pic by Anton Swanpoel/Caters News

“It was another surprising wildlife moment in Africa for me and I was stunned that I nearly forgot that I had a camera in my hand.

“I was actually waiting for the elephant to step on the tortoise.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before and I probably won’t see it ever again.”

Pic by Anton Swanpoel/Caters News