Kruger elephant shot after attack

2013-12-31 15:28

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mbombela - An elephant bull has been put down after it attacked a couple in the Kruger National Park on Monday, trampling their blue Volkswagen car.

The attack took place at a water hole near Pretoriuskop in the south of the park, SANparks spokesperson Ike Phaahla said on Tuesday, a Sapa correspondent reported.

"Apparently the South African couple were following the elephant bull to videotape it and suddenly the animal turned on them and pushed their car into the bush for about 400m. According to eyewitnesses the animal was extremely aggressive and our rangers were alerted of the incident by the tourists," Phaahla said.

A park physician advised the woman to go to the Medi-Clinic Hospital in Nelspruit for observation. The man was unharmed, but in shock.

Phaahla said the couple's names were being withheld until their families had been informed.

The elephant was put down because it had shown such aggressive behaviour before and posed a threat to other tourists.

"The elephant had to be put down. Since it was in its musth phase, the elephant had been in a fight with another dominant bull before and was very aggressive," Phaahla said.

During this phase an elephant's elevated testosterone levels cause them to become aggressive, even when unthreatened.

"Musth happens in the breeding season when young bachelor bulls try to enter a breeding herd to mate with a female," said nature conservationist Bryan Jones, of the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre.

Wild animals

"They are often driven away by the dominant male of that herd and may divert their frustration onto something else, sometimes humans."

Phaahla advised tourists to park at a safe distance from animals.

"We need to respect their space. They are wild animals and behave naturally in the wild. Their behaviour can be very unpredictable and if they feel under threat they will attack to defend themselves."

Apart from this incident Phaahla said the festive season had so far been uneventful in the park.

Some tourists had been caught getting out of their cars and several speeding fines had been issued.

Read more on:    sanparks  |  mbombela  |  conservation  |  animals

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
108 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.