American student Whitney Lavaux wanted to get closer to nature - and certainly managed that after stumbling upon elephants being washed by locals in Chiang Mai.
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She decided to lend a helping hand and began brushing the mighty beast's trunk as a pal filmed.
But the majestic creature was evidently camera-shy - and suddenly lobbed Whitney into the air with a thrust of its tusks.
The friend can be heard gasping as she rushes to help Whitney, who lands on the backside in ankle-deep muddy water.
Thankfully the student was unhurt.
And apparently the incident inspired a new sport.