British soldiers training in Kenya flee for their lives after elephants charge at them

A British soldier training in Kenya has filmed the moment he came face to face with a charging elephant and had to run for his life.

Combat medical technician Chris Abba got more than he bargained for when he and a colleague stopped to take footage of some passing elephants.

The 25-year-old, from Nottingham said: “We just stopped, got our phones out and walked towards them. We had a briefing saying that if they start looking at you, flapping the ears and walking towards you, it means they’re going to charge.”

The soldiers had a close encounter with the elephants
(Photo: PA)
The elephant turned and stared at the soldier
(Photo: PA)

The soldier, who is attached to the 2 SCOTS battle group for the duration of Exercise Askari Storm in the African country, can be heard in the footage shouting: “Let’s run, running time now.”

Each morning a helicopter is deployed to chase animals away from the exercise areas but close encounters are frequent.

Chris added: “There was just me and my driver, so we got out and as soon as it started walking towards us that’s when we bombed it, and when I turned around as I was running away it was coming after us.

The soldier remembered the warning and made a quick getaway
(Photo: PA)

“We were running pretty quick, so it was pretty fast, it came pretty close.

“We got straight back into the ambulance and just drove away, it was pretty funny. It was probably a mother protecting its baby or something, if you get close to the baby that’s when they’ll attack you.”

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