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News: Bull elephant has a good scratch – on a VW Polo

This Polo certainly had a hole, and probably more, after a bull elephant used it as a scratching post.


Elephant polo

THIS POLO certainly had a hole, and probably more, after a bull elephant used it as a scratching post.

The little VW, which contained two occupants, was parked in Pilanesburg National Park in South Africa when the enormous pachyderm wandered over and began using it to relieve a particularly irksome itch.

Armand Grobler, 21, a field guide and lodge manager, who recorded the scene on his camera, said it made a terrifying spectacle.

“As we watched the vehicle being crushed we feared for the lives of the driver and passenger but we were limited as to what we could do,” he said. “We were terrified and helpless.”

Elephant polo

Fortunately, both occupants, who Grobler said were in their late 20s or early 30s, were unhurt,

Their Polo was not so lucky.

Grobler said: “From what we could see and hear, all the windows were smashed, the roof was badly dented and the entire top part of the car was smashed. All four tyres had been blown and the chassis was broken.”

The elephant emerged in far better shape, however. Itch-free, it sauntered off.


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