Hollywood star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had a close call with an elephant while on safari in South Africa. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is the country promoting the Arnold Sports Festival, a multi-national, multi-sport athletic event that took place in Johannesburg over the weekend.
Arnold Schwarzenegger posted a video on Facebook on Tuesday that shows an elephant coming up to the windshield of the Jeep that Arnold Schwarzenegger was riding in. The elephant initially walks away, then returns and chases the vehicle as it drives away.
The elephant taps his tusk against the front of the car curiously, to which the guide says “No, no, no, no.” He starts the engine, saying he didn’t want the car’s paint to get scratched, and the elephant makes its way across the road. “Is he backing up because of the engine?” a woman asked. “No, he’s going to charge us,” Schwarzenegger deadpans. Turns out, he was right!
Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote on Facebook: 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.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has been documenting his trip to South Africa on Facebook, with pictures including him petting a lion and laying chess with “the most intimidating person” – a pre-teen girl. He also visited the home of the late Nelson Mandela and shared a picture of himself next to the late former President’s portrait.
He wrote: “It was an honor to visit the home of one of my heroes today. We should all strive to emulate the grace Mandela showed in his commitment to public service.