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Stampeding elephant chases a group of startled giraffes away from a watering hole

You’ve got some neck, coming to my water hole! Elephant chases giraffes off of its territory

  • The tower of giraffes were cooling off at a watering hole when the elephant calf stampeded towards them
  • The startled giraffes quickly dispersed at the sound of the calf trumpeting as it charged in their direction
  • The scenes were captured by photographer Janet Kleyn, 52, at the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana

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An angry elephant startled a group of giraffes when they tried to share his water hole in Botswana.

The giraffes were trying to cool off in the water but were spooked by the stampeding elephant calf who rushed up behind them. 

The dramatic scenes were captured by wildlife photographer Janet Kleyn, 52, at the Mashatu Game Reserve.   

Janet said: ‘As soon as the elephants came through the trees and caught sight of the giraffes at the water this young elephant starting trumpeting and running at them. 

‘Elephants in general are not fond of other animals sharing their space at a water hole and will often chase them off.

‘The youngsters in particular like to chase off other animals, mostly it is not serious but occasionally an animal may be injured – In this case all the giraffes just ran off.’

An angry elephant startled a group of giraffes when they tried to share his water hole in Botswana

The giraffes were trying to cool off in the water but were spooked by the stampeding elephant calf who rushed up behind them

The giraffes were trying to cool off in the water but were spooked by the stampeding elephant calf who rushed up behind them

The tower of giraffes quickly dispersed after noticing the onrushing elephant who charged at the animals

The tower of giraffes quickly dispersed after noticing the onrushing elephant who charged at the animals

The dramatic scenes were captured by wildlife photographer Janet Kleyn, 52, at the Mashatu Game Reserve

The dramatic scenes were captured by wildlife photographer Janet Kleyn, 52, at the Mashatu Game Reserve

The elephant calf approached the giraffes from the bushes and quickly rushed towards them while they were cooling off

The elephant calf approached the giraffes from the bushes and quickly rushed towards them while they were cooling off

Elephants tend not to be fond of other animals sharing their space at a water hole and will often chase them away

Elephants tend not to be fond of other animals sharing their space at a water hole and will often chase them away

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