This Video Shows That Elephants And Humans Are No Longer Friends

Amna Shoaib
Many cultures, through years of companionship, have forged an indispensible relationship with elephants. These mighty beasts have accompanied armies to war, and entertained many with their rides. But poaching and ivory trade mean that our relationship with elephants is doomed.

Ian Redmond is a renowned British naturalist. He has spent a major chunk of his life assisting with research on chimpanzees, and spending time with elephants and gorillas.

However, none of this could have prepared him for what happened recently. The video, posted by DailyMail, shows the heart-breaking and bone-chilling moment.

Humans are enemies

Ian had mounted Elgon bordering Kenya and Uganda, to film an elephant and her child. From the get-go, he could sense that the he could sense that the herd was distraught and darted ahead, as if to avoid him. Unfazed by this less than enthusiastic welcome he was receiving, Redmond carried on with his photography.

The next day, Redmond noticed that the elephants all moved ahead except for one, who halted in his tracks.

The next thing he knew, the bull was charging towards him, flapping its ears threateningly and letting out a reverberating, thundering call. Redmond ducked to save himself, and the next thing he knew, he was being kicked around like a football.

Although it comes as no surprise the elephant, now affectionately called 'Kali the Courageous Tusker', was able to play Redmond around like this, it is a matter of grave concern that the elephant chose to behave this way. Elephants do not resort to aggressive tactics unless provoked.

Redmond believes this points to a much larger behavioral trend; elephants now see humans as enemies. Redmond points to a large reservoir of cases; Youtube videos of people being chased by elephants, Arnold Schwarzenegger being chased during Safari.

Kali, like many other elephants, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after having been targeted by paochers before. Many elephants also bear the memory of seeing humans take away their family for ivory.

This is a heartbreaking revelation, which shows just how long-lasting the effects of human 'activities' in the wildlife have been.