Elephant savagely attacks vehicle in Kruger National Park

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    Elephant savagely attacks vehicle in Kruger National Park

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    A great photo opportunity turned into a life-threatening experience when a couple's vehicle was attacked by an enraged elephant in the Kruger National Park at the N'waswitshaka Waterhole, south of the Phabeni tar road.

    They followed the elephant at what they thought was a safe following distance (30 to 40 metres), and took a video of the animal. It suddenly turned around, walked rapidly towards them. They decided the best option was to remain stationary. They only started moving the vehicle away when the elephant broke into a full charge, but it was too late. The bull started attacking the vehicle and flipped it over about 20 metres into thick bush. When the car lodged against a tree, the elephant continued attacking the vehicle for some time before walking away. A passing motorist assisted the victims, some 25 minutes later.

    After rangers were notified, a helicopter was dispatched and arrived within minutes of the alert. The couple was airlifted to Skukuza, where they received emergency treatment from park doctors. De Klerk, was in shock but sustained only minor injuries, while Brooks was not so lucky. One of the elephant's tusks had ripped open the back of her upper thigh. The doctors recommended she be taken to hospital and the two victims were airlifted to Mediclinic Nelspruit.

    In the meantime, rangers went to look for the elephant, fearing it could attack again. It was located a few metres from the attack site, with another tourist vehicle in close proximity. Rangers managed to get the vehicle to safety and isolated the elephant before it was shot dead. According to Mr Ike Phaahla, a SANParks media specialist, various factors were taken into account before the animal was shot. The elephant's aggression levels were very high due. One of the rangers also noticed that it was injured and deduced that it had probably been in a fight over territory prior to the attack. The aggressive animal also posed a danger to other vehicles, as it was peak season in the park and a high density traffic area. Regular day walks are also conducted in the area, which would have put walkers in danger as well. Phaahla advises guests to follow the rules of the park. Remember that you are a guest in their territory. Respect them and keep a good following distance. Animals do not know what vehicle is and will sometimes attack if they feel threatened. He urged guests to remain in their vehicles, stick to the designated speed limits and to not lean out of windows or stick limbs out while driving through the park. They should also never get out of the vehicles at a sighting as there could be an animal hiding in the surrounding bushes.



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    Hi Gerhard

    From reading about this encounter.

    The tourist were driving up close and then stop to let the elephant walk further away. This was reported by a car following this car and taking a video of them. They also drove by and did not stop to see if they could be of assistance. This car had been pushing-following the elephant on the road for a short time prior to the incident taking place. The elephant had made a few false charges and this couple continued to crowd the elephant prior to the attack. With one being a south African and the other being British they knew very little about animal behavior. Plus They were trying to get better photos of the elephant.

    The driver was not familiar with driving the vehicle (stick shift) could not get it in gear to drive forward or make a reverse movement. From Their own statement to the media. In another words they panicked and froze and thinking by shutting the engine off the elephant would just leave them alone after they harassed it.
     
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    All I know is that is the worst case of road rage I have ever heard about!
     
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    What really makes me mad is these people know very well these are WILD ANIMALS and when the animals attack them the poor animals get put down ! Humans are seriously stupid sometimes... See these videos below all in the Kruger Park , the poor ele bull was irritated by the people in that car and he had to be shot because of their dumbness. And the parents in that car with the lion don't deserve children.




     
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    stooped people, now in saying that I will refrain from showing these videos to the wife, just to make sure she doesn't chicken out on wanting to go
     

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