You’ve got some neck, coming to my water hole! Elephant chases giraffes off of its territory

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An angry elephant startled a group of giraffes when they tried to share his water hole in Botswana.

The giraffes were trying to cool off in the water but were spooked by the stampeding elephant calf who rushed up behind them.

The dramatic scenes were captured by wildlife photographer Janet Kleyn, 52, at the Mashatu Game Reserve.

Janet said: ‘As soon as the elephants came through the trees and caught sight of the giraffes at the water this young elephant starting trumpeting and running at them.

‘Elephants, in general, are not fond of other animals sharing their space at a water hole and will often chase them off.

‘The youngsters, in particular, like to chase off other animals, mostly it is not serious but occasionally an animal may be injured – In this case all the giraffes just ran off.’

An angry elephant startled a group of giraffes when they tried to share his water hole in Botswana
An angry elephant startled a group of giraffes when they tried to share his water hole in Botswana

The giraffes were trying to cool off in the water but were spooked by the stampeding elephant calf who rushed up behind them
The giraffes were trying to cool off in the water but were spooked by the stampeding elephant calf who rushed up behind them

The tower of giraffes quickly dispersed after noticing the onrushing elephant who charged at the animals
The tower of giraffes quickly dispersed after noticing the onrushing elephant who charged at the animals

The dramatic scenes were captured by wildlife photographer Janet Kleyn, 52, at the Mashatu Game Reserve
The dramatic scenes were captured by wildlife photographer Janet Kleyn, 52, at the Mashatu Game Reserve

The elephant calf approached the giraffes from the bushes and quickly rushed towards them while they were cooling off
The elephant calf approached the giraffes from the bushes and quickly rushed towards them while they were cooling off

Elephants tend not to be fond of other animals sharing their space at a water hole and will often chase them away
Elephants tend not to be fond of other animals sharing their space at a water hole and will often chase them away

By: dailymail.co.uk

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