In my recent visit to Yala we saw a tusker foraging in the forest jus of the main track of the national park. Soon enough a number of vehicles converged at that point and our vehicle got blocked off by other vehicles. That is when my friend and Sri Lankan naturalist Mevan Piyasena told me about Gemunu’s “friendly” raids on cars. By that time he was almost upon us. He first pushed the driver of our car off his seat and then poked his head inside the car looking for food. He checked each one of us with his trunk and then poked his trunk all around our Landcruiser looking for food, that we did not have. All that I could think of was to stay calm, keep away from his big tusks and keep the camera steady. After what seemed like hours, though it was just a few minutes, he moved on to the next car. We got out of there as fast as we could.
Is this an accident waiting to happen? I think so. Check the pictures out.