Arnold Schwarzenegger Charged by Elephant on Safari — See the Wild Video!

Even the mighty action star admitted the terror of the moment.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is well known as a mighty action hero (oh right, and a former governor of California). And it turns out his real life hardly deviates from those heart-pumping action flick experiences!

During a trip to South Africa over Memorial Day weekend, the star-turned-politician along with other folks in his safari group encountered a massive elephant standing in the way. While the animal makes contact with the vehicle, the guide can be heard explaining that the elephant is scratching himself against the vehicle (and he'd rather the animal didn't destroy the paint job). But when the driver starts the engine and gingerly tries to get out of Dodge... the elephant charges!

Arnold had the presence of mind to snap a video of the whole wild experience, and post it on Facebook — where it now has 2.4 million views... and counting

But it's his caption that stole the show, a combination of political statement and humor. “I couldn’t have written this safari encounter better if it was a movie," he wrote. "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? I thought so."

And to underscore the intensity of the real-life action adventure moment, he added, "I’m absolutely in awe of these beautiful, strong animals, even though some of us had to change our pants after this.” 

Behold:

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