Remember the Kruger Park elephant attack video that went viral a couple of weeks ago? Here it is:
The elephant was subsequently shot, making it very dead, and prompting comments like:
so they kill a poor elephant because he was horny as nature intended?? wouldnt common sense tell someone who’s DRIVING to keep..oh i dont know…..DRIVING ON?? was her car stalled?? no. she just sat her dumb ass there and got away with a few scrapes. what a dumb bitch.
They KILLED the ELEPHANT for being an animal, and what happened to the DUMBASS DRIVER? Then, you cry you want to protect a tree, a dog, an eagle, an elephant because of extinction? IMBECILS.
and the occasionally controversial viewpoint of the “Biological Entities Should Be Ranked In Importance To The Global Community Based Solely On Their Average Mass” Brigade:
They killed the elephant for this? I hate humanity, if fair was fair, you’d shoot the tourists too for being stupid and driving TOWARDS AN OBVIOUSLY DISTRESSED ELEPHANT! I love how the life of a 90kg human is worth so much more than a 5000kg elephant. How retarded is this world?!?!?!? I hate people.
All fair enough, right? Ha. Sure.
Except, now that she’s out of her critical condition in hospital, having been gored by the 6ft long tusk of the elephant which went through the side of the car she was in, and then waited for 25 minutes before anyone drove along the road they’d been attacked on, the couple involved can have their say.
It’s riveting stuff as teacher Sarah Brooks describes how she repeated thought she was going to die as the elephant charged repeatedly at the vehicle. This after she couldn’t find reverse in the rental car as she panicked – which in turn prompted this astounding comment:
you say you weren’t used to the car?LIAR,LIAR,LIAR… As EVERYBODY knows,in a VW,1st and reverse gear are TOTALLY on the opposite side to each other.
UPDATE: Actually, Paul is incorrect in this allegation.
Of course EVERYBODY knows that, Paul Murray. Of course.
But Pop Quiz, Hotshot – where are they on a Hyundai?
Nah. Just kidding, it’s just the transmission systems of Volkswagen vehicles that the entire world has intimate knowledge of, isn’t it? And, obviously, being a teacher, Ms Brooks should have been fully aware of that, because using the VW Polo gearbox, while 5 tonnes of angry elephant bears down on you is something that she deals with in the classroom on a daily basis. If I was her teacher, I’d probably put something like “Could Do Better” or “More Effort Required”, because this whole gearbox faux pas has really not ended well, now has it?
That said, Paul Murray, your presumably rhetorical “What were you doing so close to the Elephant in the first place?” question doesn’t exactly tally with what the Park Rangers have said:
“We were 30 metres away from the elephant before it turned on us,” says Sarah, and shows me the video they were taking at the time to verify this. “A park ranger came to see us the day after it happened. He said: ‘I’ve seen the video. You were unlucky. You didn’t do anything wrong.’ The elephant had a maggot-infested abscess and had wounds all over his chest from being in a fight with a bull earlier on in the day. He was a very angry elephant. We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
But what does that park ranger know, hey Paul Murray? He’s probably another gearbox ignoramus or just a LIAR,LIAR,LIAR.
Now, I do want to continue with my views on this whole incident, but I feel that I must share some more of Paul Murray’s comment, because… well… just read and enjoy:
Give the World and the Elephant ‘some’ credit of not being as Ignorant as you are.You want to come into a place where at least lots of somethings die and get killed by something bigger,stronger and smarter than you?
Paul Murray is right though: Kruger Park is “a place where at least lots of somethings die”, but having read the piece he commented on, I’m pretty much of the opinion that Ms Brooks didn’t want to get killed by something bigger,stronger and smarter than her. Or for that matter something smaller, weaker and dumber than her. I just think she got caught in a difficult position, panicked and couldn’t find reverse.
Paul Murray continues:
Know your place in the food chain,stay in your Country and leave us South Africans and our animals alone,you ignorant twat.
Which is a bit awkward, when, as a human, Ms Brooks occupies pretty much top spot in the food chain and the passenger in the car was her… er… South African boyfriend who is currently living in the UK.
But wait, there’s more!
At least you may suffer a rabid fox attack as a prize for you costing us such a magnificent animal.And remember,STUPIDITY is NOT AN EXCUSE.
It’s all gone a bit Monty Python now, hasn’t it? At least a rabid fox attack? What sort of a threat is that? Seriously, why would that happen to her? Because she inadvertently got too close to a rabid fox, panicked and couldn’t find reverse in a VW. Yes? THEN SHE FULLY DESERVES THAT VULPINE ASSAULT!!!!!1!
Pfft. It seems with internet commenting, STUPIDITY is AN EXCUSE.
On with the rest of the post. And back to Ms Brooks’ story.
The people that shot the video. Where were they?
We thought the car that was behind us would still be there, but it was gone… That’s the thing that’s upset me more than anything. They said they thought we were dead, and told us later they didn’t have any space in the car.
Two of them visited Sarah in hospital. She pleaded with them not to publish the video. As it was, they did. The heavily-edited version, which made them look at best daft, and at worst deliberately foolhardy, went viral within hours.
Nice. Stay classy.
Look, it may seem that I’m just taking Sarah Brooks’ side in all of this, but I’m really not. In fact, I really don’t care. I’m glad that the couple survived and I’m sorry and a little sad that because of her injuries, she will never be able to bear children naturally. It irritates me that suddenly, everyone is an expert at everything and had made their minds up before knowing both sides of the story, though.
Bandwagon-jumping, kneejerk, herd-like behaviour. On the internet.
There are a lot of things to learn from this incident, though: that elephants can be dangerous, that some people have very little conscience or compassion when posting video footage on the web, that internet commenters don’t read (or maybe do read but just ignore?) the pieces that they comment on, that occasional CAPITAL LETTERS are a sure sign of outrage, but most of all, that in a VW, 1st and reverse gear are TOTALLY on the opposite side to each other.