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Arnold Schwarzenegger Chased By An Elephant!

Arnold Schwarzenegger Chased By An Elephant!

Unfortunately this is not a video from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new blockbuster but with the amount of action and suspense in it, it might as well be!

Arnie’s recent trip to South Africa proved to be an eventful one. The blockbuster movie star was there to promote his own Arnold Sports Festival, but found himself promoting animal welfare instead.

The California governor was on safari when an elephant came too close for his comfort. In a video posted on the Terminator's Youtube page, the African elephant is shown to be circling the safari vehicle to begin with, before backing up once the engine switches on.

The elephant in the video isn't backing away however, but backing up before he charges at the vehicle. Fortunately, for Mr Schwarzenegger and his crew they manage to get away unscathed.

Elephants can reach a speed of over 40 kmph. It's impossible to outrun these guys given the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt's fastest speed is 37.38 kmph. So unless you can outrun Usain Bolt, you probably can't outrun an elephant! When an elephant is in charge-mode, at no point do all four of elephants feet touch the ground at the same time!

Being the true hero he is, Arnie used his escape to promote an important message. "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 said.

This is not the first time Arnie has stood up for these magnificent terrestrial mammals; he has previously been involved with the Wildlife Conservation Society. Last year, the Terminator star put together a video in hope to raise awareness and put an end to the ivory and elephant poaching industry.

It is not in an elephant's nature to be aggressive or violent. The reason why elephants charge is if they feel threatened or their space is being invaded. Generally they are peaceful animals and like to be left alone.

“I’m absolutely in awe of these beautiful, strong animals,” Arnie said after this week’s safari encounter.

We are absolutely in awe of you Arnie!

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