The moment a giant elephant rushed after a car in Kenya made many people’s hearts drop

Dramatic photos show the moment a huge elephant charged after a car after becoming startled by motor vehicles hurtling down a road in Kenya.

The giant female elephant towered over the car and appeared poised to trample it before the driver sped away, after another motorist alarmed the animal by racing down the rural road.

The scene was captured on camera by 43-year-old Mwangi Kirubi, who was waiting in a car to take pictures in Amboseli National Park when two other vehicles hurried past him.

That prompted the herd’s matriarch to approach a fourth car where some of Mwangi’s fellow photographers were waiting – forcing them to flee.

Pursuit: A huge female elephant chases after a car after being startled by passing vehicles in a Kenyan national park

Escape: The photographers waiting in the car were forced to flee when the startled elephant started chasing them

Mwangi, from Nairobi, was on a camping trip in the national park when he saw the dramatic scene unfold.

‘We had split into two groups and were in two cars,’ he said. We were sat peacefully enjoying the company of the elephants until two other vehicles came speeding towards us and hooting for us to make way for them.

‘I have no idea where they were headed, but they were in a hurry and ignoring the 40kph [25mph] speed limit of the park.

‘I did not think that it had agitated the elephants too much, until from my car I saw the herd’s matriarch approach the other car, which contained the other photographers and threatened to attack.

Approach: The elephant went after the parked car after two other vehicles had hurtled down the rural road and startled it

Arrival: The elephant moved into the dirt track in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park before turning to chase after the vehicle

Giving chase: The elephant loomed large over the car and appeared poised to trample on it before the driver got away

Behind you: The fleeing car and the elephant behind it were captured on camera by Mwangi Kirubi who was in another car

On the run: The elephant’s giant ears appeared to sway from side to side as it chased after the motor vehicle in Kenya

Trunk at the ready: The elephant chases after the car but the motor vehicle eventually manages to outrun the giant mammal