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|Year and Month||May, 2016|
|Number of Days||3 Days|
|Accommodation||Wildlife Department Bungalow – Heenwewa, Yala NP|
|Transport||Hired Jeep / Jeep|
|Activities||Safari / Photography / Wild Life|
|Route||Kottawa -> Southern Expressway -> Matara -> Thissamaharama -> Palatupana -> Kottawa|
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The scary elephant encounter at Yala
We were almost attacked by a bull elephant in its musth last month. This bull elephant encountered us on the road from the Heenwewa Wild Life Dept bungalow. First encounter was unexpected, then we managed to evade just a second before it tried to smash Ashan’s vehicle. But then he came after us and we escaped that second encounter as well because we were facing the other direction, so we could drive fast.
But the third encounter scared us to death as the guy waited for us in the evening (close to 6 pm) and stood across the road blocking our way to the bungalow and charged head on leaving us with no other option than charging at him praying for our lives. Luckily at the last moment he moved away and we managed to escape.
These are the photos from the first two encounters took place in the morning and I was too scared to touch the camera during the 3rd encounter…!
oops.. an elephant ahead… a large one and he’s coming towards us..!
We were heading out of the Bungalow (this bungalow has only one access route. So we should take this road to connect to other roads inside the park. This elephant took us by surprise when it appeared from the bend ahead. We expected it to be a normal sighting, so, we stopped the vehicles and waited. But he did not stop coming towards us and more worryingly he showed clear signs of rage and aggression
umm… he does not look very friendly. We can’t reverse the vihecle faster than him. so, just wait and see
Oh My God…! The call of war…!! took its own trunk into the mouth, silent than ever and looking furious…! just a 2 – 3 meters away from me and only a couple of inches from Asahn’s vehicle. too close for a photo (and defenetely not in a mood to pose for a photo). this was at the widest angle of my lens..!
Phew, somehow we (the driver and the guide) made noises and created a small window for us to escape. then it stood across the road, may be warning us not to come again…
The we drove another few hundred meters when we saw this small herd on the roadside and having a peaceful time watching them.
2nd Encounter :
Suddenly we saw something scary behind us. This guy had followed us all the way and took us by a surprise…! looked furious when he saw us…
after this we managed to evade him for the second time. but we encountered him for the third time on the same day when we were returning to the bungalow in the evening. He waited for us suddenly blocked our road some meters ahead and started charging towards us… Still it scares me to recall how close that escape was… no photos of that…!
Thank you for reading.