By Tom Mendelsohn @tom_mendelsohn
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Videographer / Director: Black Bean Productions
Producer: Mark Hodge, Tom Mendelsohn
Editor: Joshua Douglas
The team of wildlife photographers were shooting in the mountainous Limpopo Province of north east South Africa when the enraged young adult turned on them, ramming into the jeep and attempting to flip it with her tusks.
The crew caught the hair-raising attack on camera as their driver desperately reversed in an attempt to escape, before smashing into a log on the road.
Luckily none of the team were injured, although much of their camera equipment was destroyed in the alarming ruckus on October 27.
The crew, a group of photographers working for Black Bean Productions, were then able to intimidate the elephant by standing up in the jeep, causing the startled animal to back off.
James Suter, 29, who was directing the shoot, said: “We came across what seemed like quite a distressed breeding herd of elephants. So we decided to try and keep our distance from them, some 20 or 30 yards away.
“Unfortunately one of the female elephants decided that she wasn’t happy with where we were and came at quite a speed charging towards the vehicle. Our guide quickly put the vehicle into reverse. She stopped, and then she continued to charge.
"The second she came for us we kind of knew she wasn’t going to stop.
“Eventually we came to a standstill where a lot of us stood up and tried to intimidate the elephant.
“Fortunately we managed to intimidate her, and she decided she was going to back off and we managed to exit the area unscathed.
“When working in the African Bush, you can never predict animals’ behaviour.”
Another member of the crew added: “It was very scary, the ranger had incredible driving skills to reverse so quickly.”
Elephants are usually genial animals and James believes that the herd were already distressed when the crew arrived.
It is thought that the elephant became alarmed at the lack of escape route in the hilly terrain.