Elephant kills Spanish tourist in South African sanctuary

Elephant kills Spanish tourist in South African sanctuary

A Spanish man has been trampled to death while taking photographs of elephants at a South African wildlife reserve, according to media reports.

The incident occurred on Sunday when the man, ignoring the pleas of his passenger, got out of his vehicle and approached a group of adult elephants and their calves in Pilanesberg National Park.

The tourist was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

Officials at the reserve confirmed the fatal attack.

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“People visiting the park need to be aware that these are wild animals,” park officials said.

“You can't just get out of your car and approach the animals.”

Situations like this usually occur when elephants or other wild animals decide their young are in danger.

Park rangers always warn safari tourists not to drive between mother elephants and their calves.

However, if you get too close to an elephant, you could be attacked.

Source: guardian.ng

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