‘Some of us had to change our pants’: Arnold Schwarzenegger charged by elephant

Arnold Schwarzenegger arrives at the Rebels With a Cause Gala in Santa Monica on May 11.Schwarzenegger got up close and personal with an elephant recently while on safari in South Africa.
( Chris Pizzello / Invision/Associated Press)

Arnold Schwarzenegger was charged by an elephant while on safari in South Africa this week.

It was an encounter, Schwarzenegger joked, that required him and some in his party to “change our pants.”

In a video he posted to YouTube on Tuesday, the former California governor and action movie star was sitting in a parked safari vehicle with several other people, watching an elephant standing in the middle of the road.

While on a safari in South Africa, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger captured footage of an elephant charging at his vehicle. (Arnold Schwarzenegger / YouTube)

The elephant approached and tapped the vehicle with a tusk as one passenger said, “No, no, no, no.” The driver restarted the engine.

The pachyderm began walking backward, keeping its gaze on the vehicle.

“Is he backing up because of the engine?” a woman asked.

“No, he’s going to charge us,” Schwarzenegger said calmly.

The elephant began walking to the side of the road, seemingly bored with the humans.

“He’s had it,” someone said. The apparent guide of the trip said the animal was just being inquisitive. Then it came back, and started running toward the vehicle as it drove away.

“I couldn’t have written this safari encounter better if it was a movie,” Schwarzenegger wrote on YouTube. “I’m absolutely in awe of these beautiful, strong animals, even though some of us had to change our pants after this.”

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Schwarzenegger, 68, wrote on his social media accounts that he wished people would stop killing elephants and encouraged people to “take a photo, not a shot.”

“Would you rather be able to experience these creatures or a hunk of ivory?” he wrote. “I thought so.”

Schwarzenegger was in South Africa promoting Arnold Classic Africa, a multisport festival that took place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg over the weekend.


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