‘Cheeky’ Jack Russell Terrier to elephant: Back off big boy (video)

Jack Russell Terriers are said to be tough, tenacious and fearless, and one named Pepper proved it when it confronted an elephant approaching a swimming pool in its owner’s backyard in Mfuwe, Zambia.

Pepper, described by its owner Nathalie as “cheeky,” barked its protest to the elephant, ran outside, barked some more and charged the elephant, causing the young elephant to back off and trumpet.

Nathalie posted footage of the encounter on Instagram.

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Obviously to the elephant, the 4-year-old Pepper was a Jack Russell Terror.

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Nathalie told Storyful that elephants frequently visit her area in the dry season, and that this one elephant “decided to check the pool as a digestive, it seems.”

“Not great for the animal, and Pepper thought the same,” Nathalie added.

Incidentally, the elephants have a better place for drinking and taking a bath. There’s a lagoon just beyond the backyard.

Story originally appeared on For The Win