If you mention balls of steel, you must be talking about Alan McSmith. Alan became legend for standing his ground against a charging elephant. Read what Alan had to say about the scary encounter after the harrowing clip.
Via Alan McSmith
Dear all, Thank you for taking the time to comment on my seminal elephant encounter video and it would be great to respond by sharing the story behind it. The video, filmed on a wilderness trail, is a one-in-a-million encounter. It is authentic and the elephant is wild, not trained. Neither are there any AK47s, snipers or nuclear warheads behind me. As a wilderness guide i strive to avoid confrontations with wild animals, and in 30 years of guiding, have never deliberately provoked one. The default reaction of wild animals, including big game, is to avoid encounters with humans. However, the reality is that things do not always go according to the book. Then what? As a guide, and have to deal with the scenario before you. With all the hindsight in the world, would not have done anything differently. I did not get myself into a situation, i got myself and our trail party out of one. How evenly the bull walks away at the end, comfortable enough to turn his back on us, is a testament to this. I would NEVER suggest that anyone tries this! If you are a guide then i urge you to use extreme caution whilst walking. In the jungles of social media sensationalism, the lack of proper context is often a casualty. It took me 18 months to post the video online because of this, but i wanted to share the wonder of elephants. Therefore i urge you all to look beyond and recognize the significance of meaningful wilderness encounters. That modern man still shares a kinship with the wild. That our natural world … and its conservation … is absolutely essential to our well-being. That in order to maintain our own respect and dignity, we must treat our environment in the same way. My message is about a transformative view of elephant awareness. And wilderness conservation. It is time to view these animals through a different lens, a lens that also incorporates our own wholeness and sacred attitudes. The encounter was after all about the elephant, not me.