Kenyan ele­phant tram­ples Ital­ian tourist to death

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NAIROBI — A po­lice of­fi­cial says an ele­phant killed an Ital­ian tourist in Kenya’s coastal re­gion af­ter he moved closer to get a bet­ter photo.

Malindi Po­lice Chief Muchangi Mu­tava said the 66-yearold man saw the ele­phant at a wa­ter­ing hole near the Sabaki River on Sun­day, Septem­ber 18, at the Swara Camp in Ku­lalu ranch and went to take pho­to­graphs. He pro­voked the ele­phant which charged to­ward him. Ku­lalu Ranch is a tourist draw be­cause it has a wide range of wildlife.

Mu­tava says the tourist sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries to his left leg and died at the camp. The po­lice chief says the man was hav­ing break­fast with his wife in their tent when he left to pho­to­graph the ele­phant.

Mu­tava says the cou­ple was sched­uled to de­part Kenya next month when their tourist visa ex­pires.

Tourists and lo­cals alike should be mind­ful of com­ing too close to ele­phants.

A lo­cal in Kruger was tram­pled to death by an ele­phant in Au­gust, urg­ing the Kruger Na­tional Park in SA to is­sue a safety alert for all vis­i­tors.— Al Jazeera.

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