Enraged elephant cow charges Kruger hikers

2012-05-16 00:00

A HONEYMOONING couple from Kempton Park started their married life with heavy gasps and panting when they were attacked by an elephant during a hike in the Kruger National Park.

Two game rangers leading the hike were on Friday forced to shoot at the enraged elephant cow when it stormed their group, which included Jaco and Scharne Kamffer.

Jaco photographed and ­videoed the drama.

“It was one of the most difficult situations in which I have ever been.

“On one hand you want to look back to see what is happening, but on the other hand you need to watch where you are running,” he joked yesterday.

The group of eight hikers started off near the Satara camp on a 10 km route in the early morning.

They came across a herd of elephants and moved slowly away from the herd because there were calves among the cows.

“The herd also saw us and ran away.

“One cow was, however, very irritated and stormed us,” he said.

The two game rangers bravely stood their ground, stomping the ground and yelling at the cow, but their heroics did not deter it.

They shot several times at the animal and one round shot off her right tusk.

“Only then did she stop her charge, hardly 11 metres from us.

“There were deep marks in the soil were she braked!” said Jaco, who kept his cool — and his video camera pointing in the direction of the herd as he beat an orderly retreat.

“I was just lucky that I got all the action,” he said.

The last second of the short video shows how the elephant’s tusk is shot off.

The elephant suffered no other wounds and no one was injured in the incident.

“We haven’t even been married for two weeks and already have a good story to tell the grandchildren,” said Jaco.

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