This is the moment a giant elephant rummages through a ranger’s car with its trunk while terrified tourists scrabble around inside.
Passengers on a safari tour in southeastern Sri Lanka got more than they bargained for after a giant male Indian elephant named Gemunu stopped their jeep to find food inside.
The extremely close encounter shows Gemunu resolutely standing in front of the jeep as it attempts to make its way through Yala National Park before using its trunk to rummage through a bin inside.
One startled passenger could be seen jumping out of his seat to shelter a child from the elephant as the bull’s heavy trunk swooped down to where he was sitting.
Finding only plastic bottles and tissues, the creature brought the items to his mouth to taste before deciding they were inedible and spitting them out.
Rangers quickly sped up after the animal pulled its trunk out of the window, while another jeep backed away from the scene to avoid the beast.
The looting is said to be just one of many scenes performed by the now-famous Gemunu.
Due to its naughty behavior, the elephant has become notorious in its home in Yala National Park, where it has spent years terrorizing tourists.
According to reports, Gemunu used to have both of his tusks but lost one after a fight with another elephant.
Indian male elephants average 9 feet tall and weigh up to 5 tons but usually pose no threat to humans.
The Indian elephant is now an endangered species, with an estimated population of only 20,000 in the world.
Sri Lankan law protects elephants, and killing an elephant is punishable by death.