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A dramatic video has been posted online of a group of elephants charging towards a car in Thailand.

In the footage, captured by a Thai tour guide near Nakhon Ratchasima province late last month, a family of three elephants appear from trees at the side of the road and begin charging.

Who knew elephants could move so fast? Certainly not the tourists who seemed very calm until the huge animal was bearing down on them.

Tourists inside the car can be heard speaking in German and urging the driver to move quickly.

According to the filmer, the elephant was trying to defend its calf from the cars that were on their territory.