Watch an Elephant Trumpet and Charge at a Pack of Wild Dogs in a Show of Strength

Written by Hannah Crawford
Updated: October 18, 2023
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Being caught alone in the wild can be one of the most dangerous things for many animals. Often, we hear stories of a zebra or antelope being killed because they strayed from their pack. They were found alone, and some other animal, or pack preyed on that loneliness. 

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Even still, in other situations, packs of animals, such as hyenas or wild dogs, can take down large animals together. For example, the African wild dog eats antelope. However, a lone wild dog is no match for an antelope. 

Antelope Facts


Antelopes are herbivores.

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The antelope weighs approximately 1,100-2,000 pounds, reaching lengths of five feet, and running up to 43 miles per hour. 

African Wild Dog Facts

Types of Wild Dogs

The African wild dog is one of the world’s most endangered mammals and can be identified by its long legs and irregular fur patterns.

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The African wild dog weighs approximately 39-79 pounds, reaching lengths of 43 inches, and running up to 45 miles per hour.

As we can see, the antelope far outweighs the African wild dog, so a wild dog would not try to take an antelope down on its own. They rely on their packs to take down large prey that can feed their entire packs. 

In the case of the TikTok video shown, we see a pack of between a half dozen to a dozen African wild dogs attempting to take down an African elephant. Alone and away from its herd, this elephant is in danger of being taken down. 

The dogs form a small formation surrounding the elephant to tell him they mean business. While they have more numbers, they know this enormous beast will not go down easy. The elephant charges at the wild dogs and is heard trumpeting. 

What are Three Interesting Facts about African Elephants?

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

Elephants can run up to 25 miles per hour.

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Few animals on earth are more impressive in size than the African elephant. Due to this, the African elephant has earned the title of the biggest land animal on earth. 

Let’s look at three interesting facts about the African elephant. 

  1. Size – they can weigh as much as 13,000 pounds. 
  2. Eating – they can eat up to 500 pounds of food per day. 
  3. Tusks – their tusks can weigh between 50 to 100 pounds per tusk. 

It is no wonder that, given this animal’s size, these African wild dogs thought twice about rushing in!

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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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