Elephants are often portrayed in movies and television as sweet and loving, while people see trained or zoo elephants peacefully interact with their trainers and zookeepers. But many people may not know that agitated elephants are among the most dangerous animals in the world.
Every year elephants are responsible for around 500 deaths. Many are caused by younger male elephants, which are more aggressive.
Caitlin O’Connell-Rodwell, a biologist at Stanford University, said, “Elephants are becoming more aggressive towards humans in very compressed areas where they are being shot at and harassed.”
Once thing that may make elephants feel harassed are roads full of noisy cars driving directly through their habitat, which is probably why elephants in the Khao Yai National Park in Thailand occasionally attack cars.
Experts recommend that drivers maintain a distance of at least 100 feet from these elephants, don’t honk their horns or make any noise, and always keep the car engine on so as to turn around if an elephant gets too close. However, as the video below shows, this is often easier said than done.