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Tourist trampled to death by elephants in front of his fiancee after stopping to take pictures in South Africa.

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A Spanish tourist tragically lost his life after being attacked by a herd of elephants in South Africa’s Pilanesberg National Park. On Sunday, July 7, the 43-year-old tourist was exploring the park with his fiancée and two other visitors when he exited the vehicle to take photographs of the elephants, despite warnings from his companions.

According to Mail Online, a 3.5-ton adult female elephant, likely protecting the younger members of the herd, charged at the man. She was soon joined by two adult bulls. The tourist, attempting to return to the car, was overtaken and trampled by the herd.

The man, visiting from Spain, was accompanied by his fiancée and her two South African friends from Johannesburg when the incident occurred. A spokesperson for the North-West Parks & Tourism Board stated that the elephants left the scene immediately after the attack without displaying further aggression towards nearby vehicles.

The spokesperson detailed that the tourist had encountered a breeding herd of elephants near Bakgatia Gate and decided to approach them on foot for closer photographs. Despite warnings from fellow passengers and other nearby tourists, he proceeded and was charged by the adult elephant. Unable to escape, he was trampled to death.

Park officials were promptly alerted and arrived at the scene to assist the affected individuals and secure the area. Eyewitness accounts suggest that the female elephant acted in defense of the herd’s young.

Pieter Nel, Acting Chief Conservation Officer for the NW Parks & Tourism Board, emphasized that tourists are warned not to exit their vehicles, with such instructions clearly printed on entry tickets. He extended condolences to the victim’s family and friends.

A park ranger, speaking anonymously, criticized the tourist’s actions as reckless, noting that he ignored repeated warnings and ventured too far from the road. His friends were reportedly in a state of shock and required immediate counseling. The ranger affirmed that the elephants were behaving normally in response to a perceived threat.

North West Police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone confirmed that the tourist had been with his fiancée and two other women. The group had spotted three elephants with calves, prompting the man to leave the vehicle for photographs, leading to the fatal incident.


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