Tragic Safari Incident: Spanish Tourist Killed by Elephants in South African Game Reserve

Tragic Safari Incident: Spanish Tourist Killed by Elephants in South African Game Reserve
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A 43-year-old Span­ish tourist was tram­pled to death by a herd of ele­phants in front of his fiancee while on safari in South Africa’s Pilanes­berg Nation­al Park.

The man had dis­re­gard­ed warn­ings from tour guides and exit­ed his vehi­cle to take pho­tographs of the ele­phants, a deci­sion that proved fatal.

Accord­ing to eye­wit­ness­es, the tourist was attacked by a 3.5‑ton adult female ele­phant who was pro­tect­ing her young. 

The man tried to run back to his car but was over­tak­en and tram­pled by the entire herd. Author­i­ties stat­ed that the man’s actions were “very stu­pid” and that he had been repeat­ed­ly warned not to leave the safe­ty of the vehicle.

The Pilanes­berg Nation­al Park is home to the Big 5 — ele­phants, rhi­nos, buf­faloes, leop­ards and lions — and is a pop­u­lar tourist destination. 

Offi­cials have reit­er­at­ed the impor­tance of fol­low­ing safe­ty guide­lines and remain­ing inside vehi­cles when observ­ing wildlife, as even seem­ing­ly gen­tle crea­tures can become aggres­sive when their young are threatened.

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