This is amazing footage of a pair of bull elephants rutting each other on the road across a game reserve in South Africa, blocking traffic for more than 30 minutes.
Two giant elephants p.u.s.h.e.d and s.h.o.v.e.d each other on a road in Pilanesberg National Park, northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Author and spiritual coach Belinda Joubert, 56, was among those who witnessed an unusual display that lasted between 30 and 40 minutes.
Ms Joubert said: ‘I’m very excited and not scared at all, as long as we keep our distance, we were fine. ”
Footage shows two elephants swiping each other with their trunks and trying to make the other back down.
The two elephants ignored the cars parked on either side as they continued their quest for dominance.
Bull elephants are known to become more aggressive when they are in musth, a period when their bodies are flooded with hormones.
The release of large amounts of temporin from the temporal glands inside the elephant’s head changes the animal’s behaviour.
This also prompts the release of large amounts of reproductive hormones into the elephant’s system, making the animal oversensitive to sound and movement.
Musth – which comes from the Persian for ‘Drunk’ – is standard in healthy elephants.
According to experts, bull elephants during the breeding season ‘shows ferocity and unpredictability’.
The famous Pilanesberg National Park surrounds a volcanic crater just south of the Botswana border. It is the fourth largest wildlife park in South Africa. The crater was formed 1,300 million years ago.
It is home to the Big Five safari animals, lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and Cape buffalo.