See a Massive Elephant Shake This Tree Until It Falls Over

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: November 26, 2023

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Bull elephant, loxodonta africana, in the grasslands of Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Front view.
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Have you ever been surprised at your strength? Whether it was opening a pickle jar, being able to lift something heavy out of the car, or changing furniture around in your house with no one to help you? Well, let’s watch this elephant in the above video show that he’s not very shocked at how strong he is.

Elephant Sighting 

Nicholas Dsouza captured this short video posted at the top of this blog post. The Grent World YouTube page shared his video on their page. This channel offers various videos on entertainment, such as food, travel, music, celebration, drama, and more. Their mission is to be the one-stop shop for YouTube entertainment for you! And we certainly are entertained by the video posted at the top.

Powerful Elephant Knocks Over Tree

Elephant trumpeting as he leaves the Chobe River in Botswana Africa

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At the start of this video, we see that this elephant is off a paved road. The tourists or citizens of this country have stopped to see what this elephant will be doing. He goes over to the tree and starts to rub against it, which is particularly unusual. Males in musth may rub up against trees, leaving their scent. 

The National Institute of Health describes musth as “increased testosterone production, temporal gland secretion and urine dribbling, heightened aggression and sexual behavior.” A good side note here would be if an elephant is in musth they can prove dangerous to humans so it is best to stay clear if you know they are. 

As this large mammal starts to rub on the tree, we see him circle the tree and place his trunk on a branch up high that he can reach. Suddenly, he starts to rock the tree back and forth. He does it with such force that the entire tree is shaking from the base to the top of the tree. We see the tree start to break and fall to the ground. And the elephant stands back as if saying, “I’ve done what I came here to do.” 

How Powerful is an Elephant?

We bet you were shocked to see this elephant knock over a tree. And it makes us wonder just how powerful these animals are. Elephants of the family Elephantidae are the largest animals on earth. Elephants carry with them up to 12,000 pounds and a PSI of 2,200

In addition to their incredible PSI, they can carry up to 9,000 kilograms (19,841 pounds). One Kind Planet organization equates that to the weight of 130 adults. With an elephant having the strength to carry that much weight, it is no wonder this elephant in the above video could knock this tree over as if he does it daily. 


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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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