A dramatic scene unfolded in Kenya as a massive female elephant charged toward a car after being frightened by speeding vehicles on a nearby road.
The elephant loomed over the car, seemingly ready to crush it, before the driver managed to escape as the animal was alarmed by another motorist speeding down the rural road.
Mwangi Kirubi, a 43-year-old photographer, captured the breathtaking incident while waiting in a car at Amboseli National Park.
Two vehicles sped past him, triggering the herd’s matriarch to approach a fourth car, where some of Mwangi’s colleagues were waiting. The photographers were forced to flee the scene.
Mwangi, hailing from Nairobi, was on a camping trip at the national park when he witnessed the thrilling event.
“We were split into two groups and were in two cars,” he explained. “We were peacefully enjoying the company of the elephants until two other vehicles came speeding towards us, honking for us to make way for them.”
He continued, “I have no idea where they were headed, but they were in a hurry and ignoring the park’s 40kph (25mph) speed limit.
I did not think that it had agitated the elephants too much until, from my car, I saw the herd’s matriarch approach the other car, which contained the other photographers and threatened to attack.