Arnold Schwarzenegger chased by elephant

Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger, 68, has played macho, fearless characters from Terminator to Mr. Freeze, but a new video (and the caption he penned to accompany it) proves he can be frightened, too.

While visiting South Africa, the actor/former California governor shared nerve-racking footage to YouTube of a massive elephant sussing out the vehicle he was in and then charging it.

The video shows the SUV in the middle of a road as the elephant approaches and investigates it with its tusks. As the elephant begins to move away, one passenger asks, “Is he backing up because of the engine?”

Arnold then chimes in, saying, “No, he’s going to charge us.”

Initially, it appears Arnold is incorrect as the magnificent creature veers off the road and hangs in the bush for a few moments. But the Austrian’s prediction was, in fact, spot-on.

Despite feeling shaken up by the precarious incident, Arnold only had praise for the creature.

He captioned the video with: “I couldn’t have written this safari encounter better if it was a movie. I’m absolutely in awe of these beautiful, strong animals, even though some of us had to change our pants after this.”

He also made a plea to end elephant poaching, saying, “We need to stop killing them — take a photo, not a shot.”

He’s in Africa promoting Arnold Sports Festival, a multi-national, multi-sport athletic event that is carried out around the world. It was most recently held in Johannesburg over the weekend. He has also previously spoken out about the murder of Cecil the Lion, writing on Instagram: Stop killing big cats. Killing a lion isn’t ballsy…. joining the military – that’s ballsy… Protecting big cats = ballsy.”

Upon his return to the U.S., he’ll step into Donald Trump‘s previously held role on The New Celebrity Apprentice.

Take a look at the video and let us know what you think! ~Matthew Pariselli

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  1. DimeStoreYouKnow • June 2, 2016 @ 11:23 AM

    What a cute elephant.

  2. Adrienne • June 2, 2016 @ 12:09 PM

    Very cute! They should have kept filming though.

  3. Bob • June 2, 2016 @ 12:28 PM

    Probably a female elephant that was also cheated on by her mate.

  4. joseph • June 2, 2016 @ 12:41 PM

    I was on that same safari in S.A. possibly on the same trail and as you guessed it, our jeep was almost stomped upon by this ginormous elephant who was flapping his/her ears, made that roaring sound, that’s when our tour guide decided that it was better if we backed the jeep up and moved out of harms way. Yes, it was exciting after the facts.

  5. Shirley • June 2, 2016 @ 2:59 PM

    I love this guy. He should replace the Trump as a candidate for president not the show.

  6. DimeStoreYouKnow • June 2, 2016 @ 4:29 PM

    What a way to go though. “Oh you didn’t hear? The poor thing was crushed by an elephant.”

  7. moviesteve • June 2, 2016 @ 5:44 PM

    If only the elephant took him out. So close to glory!

  8. Maddie • June 2, 2016 @ 11:13 PM

    Joseph, are you saying the elephant is trained to do that for every car that drives through?

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