Charge! Terrifying moment a rhino smashed into tourists’ car in African safari park – in the world’s worst case of road rage

This is the terrifying moment an angry rhino suffered a serious case of road rage – and charged straight into a group of tourists trapped inside a car.

Footage of the remarkable incident shows the animal first taking an unusual interest in the Toyota truck parked on a dusty road next to its grassland home.

But this interest quickly turns sinister when the rhino starts trotting towards the jeep – before breaking into a full sprint and ramming it as a group of horrified tourists cower inside.

The footage was taken in Etosha National Park in Namibia by Alexandra Poier, who was sitting inside a nearby car at the time.

The 48-year-old said the group of tourists inside the car escaped from the vehicle unhurt.

She said: ‘I think the rhino saw a threat and that is why he attacked. To be honest, I was quite scared because it could have been our car.

‘It happened very quickly and suddenly. After he went to the side of our car and we left quickly. The tour guide said this was a rare event.’

The black rhinoceros, which inhabits areas across southern and eastern Africa, is considered endangered and an unknown number of the animals live in the 8,600 sq m Etosha National Park.

Weighing up to 3,100lbs and with an ability to charge at 35mph, they are notorious for their aggression and willingness to run at any object that is unfamiliar.

The rhino first spotted the vehicle on the road from its home on the grass, and instantly looked like it felt threatened

After slowly sauntering towards the truck, the aggressive rhino suddenly picked up its pace and charged with its head down

The terrified tourists sitting inside the stationary truck could do little but stare as the rhinoceros charged at them

While running at full speed, the rhino used its massive horn to crash into the side of the Toyota truck

The vehicle was pushed across the dirt road by the rhino’s powerful charge, but did not roll over or tip upside down

After it smashed into the side of the vehicle, the rhino stood back to give an impressive display of dominance

Although the passengers inside the four-wheel drive were not injured, they were incredibly shaken up

The rhino then wandered off to inspect a second car parked nearby, though it did not charge a second time


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