Charge! Adorable moment elephant calf attempts to charge a car full of tourists – before turning on his tail and running back to mum

This is the adorable moment a baby elephant thinks about taking on a bus load of tourists, attempting his most ferocious charge – before thinking better of it and running back to mum.

The 12-month-old calf was caught on camera running full-on at the tourists, who were visiting the Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia – and even attempts jumping up on his back legs in his most terrifying moves.

But the rest of the herd carries on grazing, oblivious to his efforts.

The 12-month-old calf was caught on camera running full-on at the tourists

The 12-month-old calf was caught on camera running full-on at the tourists

And when he realises he’s on his own, the adorable calf clearly thinks better of his bold move – and spins round and runs back to mum as fast as he can.

Amy Alderman, from The Bushcamp Company, who run the photographic safaris, said: “It’s pretty unusual to see a young calf behaving like this.

“The babies usually stick pretty close to their mum’s tummy until they’re about a year old, and this little guy seems to be bold enough to be making his first moves in the world.

“He’s even attempted a little jump, which is no mean feat for an elephant.

“He’s a little boisterous, and probably wants to see what he can get away with, pushing the boundaries.

“But when the rest of the herd completely ignore the busload of tourists, and his attempt at scaring them off, he obviously still needs his mum – because it’s not long before he runs back to her!

“I love watching the elephants, especially when the herd has youngsters at this age. It’s absolutely adorable to watch them trying to find their feet, and learning how to use their trunks.”