At the Kruger National Park in South Africa the other day there were some drunken South African plums who decided to frig about with the wildlife. So as the title suggests, one of the tour guides got out of the jeep and charged at an elephant, who ended up running off. That’s a pretty daft thing to do, we all know that elephants are massive and could quite happily turn you into pulp and bone splinters. The bloke, who worked for Singita safari lodge, was fired. The company said: “We cannot stress enough that the behavior displayed in this video completely contradicts Singita’s guiding ethos and values toward conservation and wildlife preservation.”
Of course the chap in question – Brian Thomas Masters- has since apologised on Facebook. That’s some pretty bad PR right there: the video’s already had 870,000+ views. His Facebook account was hammered by people slagging him off (probably whilst drinking milk squeezed from a dairy cows pustulating teat and eating a sandwich containing slaughtered pig).
I can’t help but ask – “is it that bad?” I mean, an elephant can look after itself. Don’t get me wrong, I am an animal lover and fan of the wild en general, and you shouldn’t mess with them unnecessarily, of course. But an elephant can fight his own battles.
Anyway, it’s quite mad footage so have a look below. My favourite part of the clip is the message the uploader has slotted in at the end that says “Don’t any of you EVER behave like this. It’s a disgrace”. Ermmm… ok…. you didn’t have to ask to be honest, if I did happen to come across an elephant in the wild there is literally no chance of me moving towards it…. quite the reverse.
As part of his apology Brian wrote “…..but also look carefully at yourself and ask if there was anything you have done in the past that had it been caught on camera could have had negative consequences. I hope you will have room for forgiveness as you understand how these mistakes can be made.” – Nope, not me, never, nope.