A video of tourists chasing an elephant is going viral on social media. The video is said to be from a national park in Sri Lanka.
It has been shared by the Indian Forest Services officer, Surendra Mehra on Twitter. The video shows a group of tourists in their vehicle followed an elephant walking in the national park. They were seen clicking pictures, chattering, and also laughing while sitting in the vehicle. However, their enjoyment turned into a nightmare after the elephant got irritated with their activities.
A few moments later, the elephant turned back and started chasing the tourist vehicle. The tourists inside the vehicle were heard screaming and the driver can be seen reversing the vehicle as the animal began chasing them.
Luckily, they got escaped from the elephant as the driver changed the direction while the elephant moved the other way.
IFS officer tweeted the video with a perfect caption that also gives us a lesson.
Read what he wrote while sharing the video:
“Just see the level of patience shown by the elephant. But, when you intrude into their life, they react,”. Surender Mehra said in the caption of his post.
Just see the level of patience shown by the elephant ..— Surender Mehra IFS (@surenmehra) March 23, 2021
But, when you intrude into their life, they react ...
Just that..#Elephant #GentleGiant #RespectWildlife#KeepSafeDistance
#ResponsibleTourism @susantananda3 @CentralIfs https://t.co/BpipIOuytz pic.twitter.com/eHRxL3MBPm
However, after watching the video, netizens got enraged with the tourists and started posting angry comments on the micro-blogging site.
Why this brain less people disterb wild animals privacy.😡🤬— ಪ್ರವೀಣ್.ರು.ವೆಂ. (@PraveenRV9) March 23, 2021
Wow the most educated peoples behaving like uneducated/brainless and the forest officer should ban these drivers and should penalised the traveler too— Vicky (@singvikram) March 23, 2021
Dreadful! They survived despite their irresponsible behaviour. God save our wild animals!— Ramalingam S (@ram2102) March 24, 2021
Terrible behaviour indeed!— Eternal Traveller 🇮🇳 (@TravelerEternal) March 23, 2021
Such incidents are becoming the new normal.
It’s just a matter of time before things go out of hand and bad news starts pouring in.
And then, the poor animals will be blamed.....@this_vid
Dangerous.— vinit Anand (@Meetmack24) March 23, 2021
This is beastly and criminal on humans part— DR POSTMORTEM (@PostmortemDr) March 23, 2021
The video teaches a lesson that one should refrain from intruding into areas where animals are living peacefully because anything can happen if they get disturbed.