Sen. Flake charged by elephant in Africa

Sen. Flake charged by elephant in Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans like to tout the elephant as their party symbol, but as Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake recently found out, the animals don’t always like Republicans.

The GOP senator posted a video on his Twitter account Thursday of a group of elephants, including baby elephants, charging his group’s vehicle in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. The video filmed from the back of the vehicle shows a small herd running toward them, and someone says “go, go, go” from the car as it speeds up.

Flake’s tweet said “These elephants have no respect for a fellow Republican. No respect I tell ya.”

Management at Gorongosa National Park confirmed that elephants approached a U.S. delegation during a visit last week.

Flake was part of a congressional mission of Republicans and Democrats that he led to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia last week to investigate the harmful effects of wildlife trafficking and poaching.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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