Elephants: handler dies in playful incident

2013-04-16 00:00

A MAN was yesterday fatally stepped on by a “playful” elephant in a freak accident at the Elephant Sanctuary near Brits, west of Pretoria.

Craig Saunders, spokesperson for the centre, said the experienced handler, whose name has not yet been made public, was riding one of the elephants when a bull and cow showed “normal elephant behaviour”.

He said the handler fell between the elephants, which moved on “playfully” without noticing that one of them had stepped on the handler. He died on the scene.

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