Self-ephant – tourists on safari shocked to see elephant come over for snap
Talk about getting photobombed! This was the moment that a group of safari tourists were approached by an elephant that wanted to get in on the action.
Thomas Chan, 20, from California, USA, was sat in a safari jeep with a guide when a bull elephant approached their guide convoy.
The mammoth beast had been inspecting a nearby van full of students from Thomas’ university, Azusa Pacific, when he turned his attention to the jeep.
At their closest point, Thomas was less than an arm’s length away from the elephant and described it as one of the most adrenaline-fueled events of his life.
At the time, the bull had been following several females and their calves, making their way across the planes in a wild game reserve, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
And, amazingly, even after getting into shot for a selfie, the elephant appeared to reach out with its trunk so it could have a go operating the camera.
Thomas said: “I was shocked that I managed to get so close to the elephant, it was complete chance.
“At one point we were so close, I could’ve put my hand out and touched it – while I was taking a selfie with it it swung its trunk over, as if to make a grab for the camera, too.
“I have never felt so small and vulnerable – the elephant could’ve had its way with us if it wanted to.
“All of the others in the jeep with me were equally frightened and in awe as I was.
“After we got back, my safari guide told me that even she was nervous and unsure of what to do. She said that she wouldn’t have known what to do had the elephant charged us.”