Rustenburg, Jun 12 (ANI): A hungry elephant eating tree leaves on the road delayed the United States players who were on their way to a training session on Friday.
The team continued their journey to the Royal Bafokeng Stadium after the elephant moved to the side of the road a few minutes later.
This was second interruption caused in the day for the US players, Sports24 reports.
Earlier in the afternoon, a bus carrying the players on their way to an open-air market at the entrance to the team hotel got stuck behind an elephant, spokesperson Michael Kammarman said.
The congestion occurred outside the Bakubung Bush Lodge in Rustenberg.
American players timed the trip to get back to the hotel in time for the start of the World Cup opening match between South Africa and Mexico.
Signs outside the hotel warn: "Elephants come close to our fence.. keep a distance of 30m and please be quiet" and "Baboons are dangerous - please keep clear of them and do not feed them." (ANI)