NAN Former California governor and Hollywood star, Arnold Schwarzenegger had a real-life adventure in South Africa, when he was on a safari vehicle that was chased by an elephant.
Arnod shared the experience on his social media that “Some of us had to change pants after that,” he also posted a 30-second video of the brief encounter.
The elephant appeared in front of the vehicle and then walked off the road, circled the truck and then charged it from behind, ears flapping as the vehicle picked up speed and pulled away.
The driver can be heard saying: “I think he’s ok now, he’s going to avoid us,” seconds before the chase.
Schwarzenegger did not identify the reserve where the charge took place.
Game drives and safaris are a major tourist attraction in several African countries, including South Africa, where Schwarzenegger had been for a sports festival at the weekend.
In some parts of the continent, elephants are being relentlessly poached for their ivory to meet Asian demand for the commodity.
Schwarzenegger tweeted: “I’m absolutely in awe of these beautiful animals, and I wish people would stop killing them for their ivory.”
Arnod gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood star action film icon. His breakthrough film was the sword-and-sorcery, Conan the Barbarian in 1982. As a Republican, he was first elected in 2003, in a special recall election to replace Governor Davis. Schwarzenegger was re-elected in 2006 to serve a full term as governor, defeating Democrat Phil Angelides, who was California State Treasurer at the time.