Elephant Casually Kicks Enormous Buffalo In The Head

Written by Kirstin Opal
Published: June 18, 2022
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There’s no arguing that getting kicked in the head would hurt pretty bad. Have you ever thought about what it’d feel like to get karate-kicked by an elephant? We imagine you haven’t and that it isn’t something you’d want to experience. 

A video with over 17 million views shows an interesting interaction between an elephant and a buffalo. Sabi Sabi, the place where these two creatures live, has welcomed tourists from all over the world since 1979, enticed by the promise of a once-in-a-lifetime safari adventure. 

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, located in the Sabie Game Reserve in South Africa‘s Greater Kruger National Park’s South-Western portion, is a wildlife haven where you may watch the incredible nature interplay between prey and predator up close.

A group of tourists was watching herds of elephants and buffalo grazing in the field. It appears as if one of the bison began starring an elephant down, almost as if to challenge him. Male buffalo may reach up to 1,600 pounds, while females can weigh up to 1,000 pounds.

The elephant isn’t having any of it and begins pacing back and forth as he waves his trunk towards the buffalo. You can hear the person filming say, “It doesn’t get better than this to see wildlife interactions like this.” We couldn’t agree more! 

The two wild animals continue to stare each other down. During this time, the tourist determines the elephant is likely just a teenager. The male elephant begins to break away from the matriarchal herd during puberty. Then, he will join male groups, which are often referred to as bachelor herds. 

This normally occurs when a person reaches adulthood, around the age of 13. Males are more likely than females to create herds that travel longer distances. Just as you think the interaction between the two animals is coming to an end, the elephant surprises you! 

Instead of approaching the main buffalo that he’s been interacting with, the elephant nonchalantly walks up to a buffalo resting in the grass and kicks it in the head. Just seconds later the once relaxing buffalo is up and charging toward the giant creature. You just have to see it for yourself! 

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When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs, 14-year-old dog, or her cat Spirit, Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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