Ele­phant tram­ples tourists to death in Zam­bia

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CAPE TOWN — Two tourists were tram­pled to death while try­ing to take pic­tures close to a wild ele­phant.

Ac­cord­ing to AFP, a 64-year-old Dutch man and a 57-year-old Bel­gium woman were on sa­fari at Maramba River Lodge in Liv­ing­stone. They were try­ing to get close to the an­i­mal to take pic­tures, which led to the ele­phant charg­ing the woman.

Po­lice spokesper­son Danny Mwale said they found the bod­ies ly­ing on the ground with mul­ti­ple in­juries.

The Se­nior Wildlife War­den for the south­ern re­gion Lewis Daka told the Zam­bian Na­tional Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (ZNBC) that the man tried to save the woman but also got tram­pled. His de­part­ment is urg­ing lodge own­ers to pro­vide guides to vis­i­tors to make sure that tourists don’t get so close to the an­i­mals.

ZNBC re­ports that there’s been an in­flux of the gi­ant an­i­mals in Liv­ing­stone and Mosi-o-tunya Na­tional Park, and that last week a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer at an­other nearby lodge was also tram­pled by ele­phants on his way to work.

He was cy­cling through the park when an ele­phant charged, lead­ing to his com­pany ban­ning em­ploy­ees from trav­el­ling through the park to work.

The area has had sim­i­lar in­ci­dents with ele­phants Many tourists in Africa flock to the con­ti­nent to get an up-close and per­sonal en­counter with its wild an­i­mals, and un­for­tu­nately it has ended in tragedy many times. The gen­eral rule of thumb is to keep your dis­tance when view­ing these an­i­mals, and re­spect their space. — AFP

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