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.
The ʙᴇᴀsᴛ was captured kicking a tortoise out of the way in anger as it crawled across a field in South Africa. After being given the boot by the elephant the sʜᴇʟʟ-sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ 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. The tortoise was unable to avoid the elephant’s hooves because it couldn’t move out of the way fast enough, and the elephant continued to push it along with its feet. Despite its use as a football by the ᴇɴᴏʀᴍᴏᴜs creature, it appeared to have escaped unharmed.
The humorous moment was caught on film by Anton Swanpoel, 48, while on holiday with his wife, Hantie, at Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa.
Anton said: “We went to Spekboom hide and discovered two elephants at the waterhole. One was upset, while the other one was furious. The tortoise started running after being kicked aside by the elephant, and I’d never seen a tortoise run before. But then, in the next moment, the tortoise was kicked once again by the elephant. It was another surprising ᴡɪʟᴅʟɪꜰᴇ 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 sᴛᴇᴘ on the tortoise. I’ve never seen anything like this before and I probably won’t see it ever again.”
Despite their size difference, both elephants and tortoises have the same long lifespans and are known to be wise. The funny clip was shot in the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape. Now the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park is a is sanctuary to over 600 elephant, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless ᴅᴜɴɢ beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.