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Video: Watch Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Nearly Get Terminated By A Charging Elephant

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Ex-California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger is in South Africa this week on safari. As evidenced by the Youtube video the movie-star-turned-policymaker posted on Tuesday, our dear Arnold was very nearly terminated by a charging elephant.

As Schwarzenegger later joked, the encounter prompted some of those in the safari party to "change our pants after this."

The brief video takes viewers into the back seat of an open-air safari van, where an elephant appears in front of the vehicle, curiously looking at the humans inside. The former governor, however, knows what's going to happen.

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After the elephant bumps the vehicle with one of its tusks, it backs away. One of the folks in the vehicle asks if the elephant did so because the engine turned on, to which Schwarzenegger bluntly replies, "No, it's going to charge us."

The elephant circles around to the back of the safari truck before, indeed, charging the car.

"I couldn't have written this safari encounter better if it was a movie. I'm absolutely in awe of these beautiful, strong animals," said Schwarzenegger after the fact. "We need to stop killing them—take a photo, not a shot. Would you rather be able to experience these creatures or a hunk of ivory?"

You should also probably know that Schwarzenegger is a keen user of Snapchat. If you follow him (@arnoldschnitzel), you'll be privy to lots of Huell Howser-like moments of astonishment from the former governor as he travels the world in his voluminous free time.