Ostrich gives baby elephant a run for its money

Photographer captures rare incident in South African national park

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*** EXCLUSIVE *** ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE: A baby elephant chases an ostrich in June 2014, in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa.A cute elephant calf chases an Ostrich in the Oddo Elephant National Park in South Africa. The herd of elephants were grazing when the youngster noticed the ostrich nearby and gave chase.PHOTOGRAPH BY Greatstock / Barcroft MediaUK Office, London.T +44 845 370 2233W www.barcroftmedia.comUSA Office, New York City.T +1 212 796 2458W www.barcroftusa.comIndian Office, Delhi.T +91 11 4053 2429W www.barcroftindia.com

This ostrich got into a real a flap when it was chased by a baby elephant.

The mischievous elephant calf ran after the bird while the herd were grazing in the Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa.

Photographer Jean du Plessis, 65, caught the unusual incident on camera as the youngster noticed the ostrich nearby and decided to give chase.

*** EXCLUSIVE *** ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE: The mother of a baby elephant tries to retrieve her offspring who is chasing an ostrich in June 2014, in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa.A cute elephant calf chases an Ostrich in the Oddo Elephant National Park in South Africa. The herd of elephants were grazing when the youngster noticed the ostrich nearby and gave chase.PHOTOGRAPH BY Greatstock / Barcroft MediaUK Office, London.T +44 845 370 2233W www.barcroftmedia.comUSA Office, New York City.T +1 212 796 2458W www.barcroftusa.comIndian Office, Delhi.T +91 11 4053 2429W www.barcroftindia.com

The youngster's mother was forced to run after her offspring as he stormed off across the grassland.

The little one soon gave up after he realised he could not match the speed of the long-legged bird.

*** EXCLUSIVE *** ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE: The mother of a baby elephant tries to retrieve her offspring who is chasing an ostrich in June 2014, in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa.A cute elephant calf chases an Ostrich in the Oddo Elephant National Park in South Africa. The herd of elephants were grazing when the youngster noticed the ostrich nearby and gave chase.PHOTOGRAPH BY Greatstock / Barcroft MediaUK Office, London.T +44 845 370 2233W www.barcroftmedia.comUSA Office, New York City.T +1 212 796 2458W www.barcroftusa.comIndian Office, Delhi.T +91 11 4053 2429W www.barcroftindia.com


Spooked by the encounter, the elephant herd disappeared into the trees.

Jean said: "It was quite funny to see this happening.

"It was the first time that I've seen anything like it."

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