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Watch This Elephant Chase Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Safari Vehicle

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Arnold probably couldn’t take on this dude

South Africa is known for its vast expanse of wilderness which is home to magnificent creatures such as elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, and giraffes. Visitors from around the world flock to the African country each year to see these awe-inspiring animals in person, usually from the safety of a guided safari vehicle. When Arnold Schwarzenegger made the trip recently, he also found out just how terrifying these massive mammals can be.

A video recently posted on YouTube shows the actor and former governor of California’s safari vehicle being circled by, and then chased by a large African elephant. You can watch it below, though do note that this video (understandably) contains NSFW language:

What starts off as a mesmerizing up-close encounter quickly turns frightening when the elephant backs away from the vehicle as the engine starts up. One passenger asks, “Is he backing up because of the engine?” Arnold responds, “No, he’s going to charge us.” Of course, he’s no expert, but after starring in a slew of awesomely bad action movies, Arnie can obviously recognize aggression when he sees it.

As the elephant circles around the vehicle, the driver decides it’s time to hot-foot it out of there—and just in time. The elephant begins chasing the car as it drives away, causing the aforementioned NSSFW language (because “Oh, darn” just wouldn’t cut it).

In the video’s caption, Arnold eloquently states, “I couldn’t have written this safari encounter better if it was a movie. I’m absolutely in awe of these beautiful, strong animals, even though some of us had to change our pants after this. We need to stop killing them – take a photo, not a shot. Would you rather be able to experience these creatures or a hunk of ivory? I thought so.”

Wise words indeed from the gubernator himself (and hopefully everyone in the car thought to pack a spare change of clothes).