Watch a Massive Elephant Turn Its Trunk Into a Sledgehammer and Crush a Vehicle

Written by Hannah Crawford
Updated: October 20, 2023
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There’s nothing more entertaining than discussing some of the most powerful animals on the planet. Animals such as the tiger, gorilla, lion, and hippopotamus are a few animals that come to mind. Their ability to bite, kick, chase, and kill is unparalleled. 

And while we know an elephant is powerful due to its enormous size as being the largest land animal alive. We typically think of an elephant as being a kind and loyal animal. But, we too soon forget how powerful these beasts can be. For one video viewer, he experienced the full power of an elephant.

In the video captured below, a guy is riding his vehicle along a dirt road with some friends. He stops because he sees a large male elephant traveling on the road behind them. The elephant seems friendly and inquisitive as to what they are doing there. 

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As he peacefully comes over to the vehicle, he simply lifts his trunk in the air and puts it down on the window, and like a sledgehammer, he crushes the vehicle with enormous strength!  Once the driver was able, he quickly drove off!

Is the Elephant the Largest Mammal?

There are five groups that we put animals into. This helps us to correctly categorize what they are. These five groups are fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds. 

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


can run up to 25 miles per hour.

©Johann Mader/

Elephants are of the class Mammalia or mammals. While we stated above that elephants are the largest land animals, they are not the largest mammals that can be found. Sounds confusing right? Well, the largest mammal resides in the ocean. This whale is so big it holds the title of the largest animal alive!

What is the Largest Animal Alive? 

The largest animal alive is by far the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) which just happens to be of the class Mammalia or mammals. 

blue whale

Blue whales swim near the shore when a predator is nearby.

©Andrew Sutton/

The blue whale can shockingly reach lengths of 100 feet long and weigh as much as 352,000 pounds! Let’s put this into perspective a little bit.

A Boeing 737 aircraft is approximately 94 feet long. So the blue whale is longer than an airplane! Crazy, right? 

As far as weight goes, a Super Dozer construction vehicle weighs 300,000 pounds. So, the blue whale outweighs this large construction vehicle by an amazing 52,000 pounds. 

Is it Normal for an Elephant to be Aggressive?

Elephants in natural habitat in South Africa.

Males tend to be more aggressive during musth when they are actively looking to breed with females.

©Cautron Live/

Elephants are generally peaceful animals but like most, if not all animals, they are territorial and should you invade their space, they are most likely to act out. Males tend to be more aggressive during musth when they are actively looking to breed with females. The females, on the other hand, then become more aggressive when they are defending their young, and they will all defend what they perceive to be their areas.

There have been many incidences of elephants attacking cars which experts believe is done to protect their territory. Elephants quite often use roadways as a means to navigate through their home turf and it is always recommended to give them plenty of room to pass.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Josep Pena Llorens/

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About the Author

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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