Tourists hurt as elephant 'plays with' vehicle

2012-05-22 08:31
Cape Town – Two tourists were injured when an elephant used his tusks to lift the front of their game-drive vehicle on a private game reserve near Worcester.

The Cape Argus reported that the women got a fright and jumped out of the vehicle, injuring themselves.

The incident happened on Friday when a ranger took about 10 tourists on a game drive.

The owner of the Fairy Glen private game reserve, Pieter de Jager, said the incident came as a result of the vehicle not moving away as it was supposed to when the elephant approached. The engine would apparently not start.

De Jager said the elephant didn’t attack the game viewing vehicle but had been “playing around” with it.

One of the women was transferred to a Cape Town hospital and had suffered a leg fracture.

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