This is the nail-biting moment a giant elephant rummages through a ranger’s vehicle with its trunk while terrified safari goers scrabble around inside.
Passengers on a safari tour in southeast Sri Lanka got more than they bargained for after a giant male Indian elephant named Gemunu halted their jeep so he could search the interior for food.
The incredibly close encounter shows a determined Gemunu standing in front of the jeep as it tries to pass through Yala National Park, before using his trunk to ransack a bin inside.
A startled passenger can be seen jumping across from his seat to shelter a child from the elephant, as the bull’s weighty trunk comes down where he had been sitting.
Only finding plastic bottles and tissue paper the peckish creature brings the items to his mouth to taste before deciding they are inedible and spitting them out.
After the animal retracts its trunk from the windows the rangers quickly speed on, while another jeep reverses from the scene to avoid the beast.
The giant male Indian elephant named Gemunu halts two jeeps, hoping to ransack their interiors for food as they attempt to pass through Yala National Park, in southeast Sri Lanka
One jeep reverses out of the way of the hungry beast leaving the side of the other vehicle vulnerable to looting by the eager elephant’s trunk
Filmed on April 21 last year the looting is said to be just one of many carried out by the now-famous Gemunu.
Due to his naughty behavior, the elephant has become notorious within his home at the Yala National Park where he has spent years terrorizing the tourists.
According to reports, Gemunu used to have both his tusks but lost one after a brawl with another elephant.
A startled passenger can be seen jumping across from his seat to shelter his child from the elephant as it reaches into the vehicle
I’ll have that: The male elephant gets stuck in as he rummages through a bin in search of left over food from the tourists
A plastic bag and paper does not seem to take his fancy as he brings the items to his mouth before dropping them again
The average Indian elephant male is nine foot tall and weighs as much as five tons, but do not usually pose a threat to humans.
Indian elephants are now an endangered species, with an estimated population of just 20,000 left in the world.
Sri Lankan law protects the elephants and killing one carries the death penalty.
As the jeep speedily drives off the mischievous elephant blocks the road for the jeeps behind