Can I make a trunk call? Elephant smashes girl in the face as she tries to take its picture in Zambia

This is the moment an American tourist gets smashed in the face by the trunk of an African elephant.

A group of American tourists were in Zambia getting an up close and personal experience with the majestic animal.

Video show the elephant, which is behind a small barrier, reaching over with its trunk to engage with the group.

It moves its trunk along the line slowly as the young tourists pet the trunk of the great beast.

One woman is then seen to be cheerfully taking a snap of the unforgettable holiday moment.

However, little did she know that the elephant was gearing up for a vicious strike.

It slowly draws its trunk back towards its body, before unleashing a rapid fire blow right to the face of the camera-wielding woman.

The force of the trunk's power is obvious as the woman is sent into the arms of a man standing behind her with great force.

The video then shows the elephant reach out with its trunk to try and collect the phone, prompting screams from one onlooker.

The phone is picked up by the person taking the video, eliciting relief from the onlooker who seemed to care more about the phone than the woman who had been hit.

The footage finishes on a front-on shot of the elephant and its mighty tusks, trunk and ears.

The average African elephant is between two-and-a-half and four metres high, and weighs between two and six tonnes.