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Tourist Trampled to Death by Elephants in South Africa

A Spanish tourist’s disregard for park safety regulations turned deadly this past Sunday in Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa. The 43-year-old man was trampled to death by a herd of elephants after exiting his vehicle to take photographs.

Local authorities report that the tourist was on a safari with three companions when they encountered a herd of elephants, including young calves. In a clear violation of park rules and common safety practices, the tourist exited the vehicle to capture pictures of the animals.

“This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of adhering to safety guidelines in national parks,” said Pieter Nel, a spokesperson for the local tourism board. “Visitors are constantly advised to remain in their vehicles and maintain a safe distance from wildlife, especially mothers with young calves.”

Nel explained that the presence of calves likely agitated the matriarch of the elephant herd, leading to the attack on the tourist. The other elephants in the herd followed suit, inflicting fatal injuries on the man. Though rushed to a nearby hospital, he succumbed to his wounds.


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