See This Old Elephant Knock a Tourist’s Hat Off His Head

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: November 28, 2023

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Bull elephant, loxodonta africana, in the grasslands of Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Front view.
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Elephants have a sense of humor just like people can. Let’s see the humorous side of this old elephant in the video above! 

Old Elephant Sighting

The YouTube video at the top of this blog post shows an old elephant wandering around during a safari tour. The ARK Media YouTube page shared this short video. Their channel shares mixed content that includes funny animal videos. Some of their newest funny videos are of an octopus punching a fish, an albino echidna, and a hippo crushing pumpkins with its enormous mouth.

Grandfather Elephant Approaches Tourists

At the start of this video, we see a very old elephant walking next to this safari tour. The vehicles have stopped to see what this big bull will do. Male elephants are referred to as bulls. And this bull is undoubtedly old. We will get into how we know that in the next section.

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The elephant is intrigued by these tourists, and he heads right over to the closest vehicle. We see the people all start to get excited but also slightly afraid. As the largest land animals in the world, it’s easy to be scared when they are standing face-to-face with you. 

The elephant’s tusks are so big that we see tourists having to duck so they don’t get poked. One thing we can learn from this video is seeing how silent the tourists are. It is best not to spook an elephant. 

Then, we see the elephant go over to an older gentleman at the end of the vehicle, taking pictures. He moves his trunk over the man’s head and knocks his hat right off him. We hear the chuckles of the passengers as the elephant seems to take a liking to this older man. 

Can You Tell The Age of An Elephant By Its Tusks?

Big tusker elephant that wonders across african savanna plains of the Kruger NP

Elephants can reach up to 12,000 pounds.

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We can quickly determine this elephant is old in the video at the top because of the length of his tusks. Many times, elephants experience damage to their tusks throughout their years. This damage is usually a result of fighting.

Elephant tusks can average around 5-8 feet in length and weigh over 100 pounds. The longer the tusks are, the older the elephant is. So, if the long tusk has not been broken, like the one seen in the video above, it is easy to determine this elephant is much older. 

Elephants (Elephantidae) of the order Proboscidea can live long and healthy lives. They can live upwards of 70 years. One of the leading causes of death in elephants is anthrax. Anthrax is “a bacterium that causes high fever, shivering, ulcers, and swellings.”

 An elephant of that age holds a lot of wisdom that they need to pass down to the next generation before they pass away. It was an incredible sighting for this group of tourists in the video above to see an elephant of that age passing them by. 


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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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