Arnold Schwarzenegger has faced off against Predators, liquid metal cyborgs and psychotic terrorists of every kind, but nothing was quite as intimidating as getting chased by a bull elephant during his visit to South Africa.
The Terminator star and former California governor shared a nerve-racking video of the close encounter to YouTube on Tuesday, showing the massive pachyderm blocking the road in front of his group’s vehicle, and then walking around the car and chasing it as it drove away.
“I couldn’t have written this safari encounter better if it was a movie,”; Schwarzenegger captioned the video. In the short clip, the driver shuts off the engine to avoid startling the behemoth, but when he turns the car back on the elephant bellows and backs away.
“Is he backing up because of the engine?”; one passenger asks.
“No, he’s going to charge us,”; Schwarzenegger calmly predicts. While the driver tries to calm everyone’s nerves by suggesting that he’s simply worried about the elephant scratching the car’s paint job, the Austrian-American muscleman turned out to know a thing or two about enraged elephants.
Despite how frightening the run-in may have been, the 68-year-old movie star and former bodybuilder praised the stunning creature for its beauty and might, and shared a strong message in favor of nature conservation.
“I’m absolutely in awe of these beautiful, strong animals, even though some of us had to change our pants after this,”; Schwarzenegger wrote. “We need to stop killing them – take a photo, not a shot. Would you rather be able to experience these creatures or a hunk of ivory? I thought so.”;
The star also shared the video to Instagram, where he’s been documenting his visit to South Africa over the past few days while promoting Arnold Sports Festival, a multi-national, multi-sport athletic event that takes place in locations across the globe, most recently in Johannesburg over the weekend.
During his trip he actor Instagrammed photo of himself petting a live lion and playing chess with “the most intimidating person,”; who happened to be a pre-teen girl in pig tails.
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He also shared a snapshot of himself posing next to a portrait of Nelson Mandela. Schwarzenegger wrote in the caption, “It was an honor to visit the home of one of my heroes today. We should all strive to emulate the grace Mandela showed in his commitment to public service.”;
When Schwarzenegger returns to the States, he’s got a full plate, including his new job as the star of The New Celebrity Apprentice, where he’s stepping in for Donald Trump. Check out the video below to hear more.