Tourist Dies in South Africa After Being Trampled by Elephant: Spanish National Fatality

Tourist Killed by Elephant in South African Wildlife Park

A 43-year-old Spanish tourist was trampled to death by an elephant in the Pilanesberg national park, located approximately 200 kilometers northwest of Johannesburg, on Sunday morning.

Accident Details

The tourist, who was accompanied by his partner and two women in a private vehicle, stopped to take photographs of a herd of elephants and three calves. According to police, the man got out of the vehicle and approached the elephants, which allegedly attacked and killed him.

Investigation and Response

Police spokesman Sabata Mokgwabone stated that the man was unable to escape or elude the elephant, which was joined by the entire herd, and was overtaken and trampled to death. The elephants then moved away from the scene without any aggression towards nearby vehicles and disappeared into the bushes.

Pieter Nel, director of conservation for the North West provincial parks and tourism board, explained that the matriarch of the herd was "agitated" when she saw the tourist approaching and that it is "normal" to see elephants trying to "defend the young."

Warning to Tourists

Many tourists are unaware of the dangers and do not realize how dangerous these animals can be, Nel warned. The deceased was identified as a Spanish national, and his companions, all from Johannesburg, were unharmed.

Elephant Attacks in the Region

Elephant attacks are not uncommon in the region. In neighboring Zimbabwe, 50 people were killed and 85 injured by wild animals, mostly elephants, last year, according to local authorities.

Source

AFP.

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