Occupants escape unharmed after elephant uses their VW Polo to scratch himself

Posted on: Aug 7, 2014 - 3:47pm IST

The two occupants of the vehicle were shaken but were otherwise unharmed.

Occupants of a VW Polo in Africa miraculously survived after an elephant used the hatchback for scratching itself. These images taken by Armand Grobler reveal the incident as it happened in a South African national park.

VW Polo used by elephant
The Polo was left with a broken chassis.

The Daily Mail reports that the elephant (a bull elephant) was on its musth period, and that the occupants of the car were lucky the animal didn’t get violent. While it used the Polo for scratching itself, it did leave the car with four flat tires, a broken chassis, smashed windows and a dented roof. For reference purposes, an African tusker can weigh as much as 7,000 kg.

VW Polo used by elephant rear

Mr. Grobler who witnessed the event unfold said that he (or his other colleagues) was helpless. Actions to distract the elephant could have resulted in it becoming violent, and the ending could have been much worse. Instead, by not interfering, the incident only ended with shaken but unharmed occupants and a broken car.

VW Polo used by elephant Africa
The Polo’s occupants were unharmed though.

Elephants are generally known to use logs, small trees or rocks to scratch themselves or get rid of parasites, however, this male tusker found the Polo far more convenient!

[Source – Daily Mail]

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7 thoughts on “Occupants escape unharmed after elephant uses their VW Polo to scratch himself

  1. Just passing by says:

    News: NCAP decides to add “Elephant scratch safety test” to their New car assessment program. The test will take place alongside the Elk test, Front offset and side impact test.

  2. sandy says:

    O darling, I took a test drive of this Polo for our Marriage Anniversary gift, but it’s little smaller and fragile for us even for some XL size humans. Anyway nice built….Yawn…
    Let’s move on…

  3. Vadiraj says:

    It looks like an ad for a polo facelift in some african markets.. and if an african elephant uses it for scratch, then car is definately taken to scrap.. 😉

  4. varun says:

    Moreover,the polos reaching south Africa are India made if I’m not wrong.

    1. No, they are the European specification. They are not made in India.

  5. Karuppaswamy.R says:

    The Tusker could’ve retired due to nice surface of Polo. Hefty catch by IAB, though the source is something else.

  6. sri says:

    Looks like an Ad. for POLO is a capable car though!!


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