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Elephant Mock Charge

Elephant Mock Charge

The 10,000 pound bull was in an irritable mood and decided to charge us. I wish that I knew then what I learned later, because I was scared stiff that the big fellow was going to ram our vehicle. However, he stopped about 25 feet away. One can diferentiate a mock-charge from a serious one: if it had been a serious charge, his ears would have been plastered against his head, and his trunk would have been rolled up tightly under his mouth. However, there's no way of knowing if an elephant is going to change his mind after he's started a mock charge. We could not have outrun him, because we had stopped, and he was too close and already up to speed. [Serengeti, Tanzania].