Elephant tramples game ranger to death

2011-11-07 08:11

Johannesburg - An elephant trampled a Limpopo game ranger to death at the weekend, Beeld newspaper reported on Monday.

Tavus Momberg, 29, a guide at the Makweti Safari Lodge between Vaalwater and Lephalale, was taking photographs at the time.

He and a colleague were walking in the Welgevonden private game reserve in Limpopo around 11:00 on Sunday.

His colleague decided to turn back. It is believed that Momberg was trampled by the elephant when he decided continue the hike on his own to take more pictures, reported Beeld.

His body was found near the lodge later in the day.

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  • werner.smidt - 2011-11-07 08:27

    RIP, Tavus . . gaan jou mis,bra.

      George - 2011-11-07 10:48

      Wild animals are wild and people must be extra careful. Wild animals just like local criminals some of whom kill their parents can be unpredictably deadly for no apparent human comprehension. May his sould rest in peace as such tragedy is painful to someone who meant no harm to the elephants.

      Ann - 2011-11-07 13:02

      RIP! Condolences to all loved ones, family and friends :(

  • Jacques - 2011-11-07 08:35

    at least he died doing what he loves and being where he loved to be. RIP brother

  • Sidima - 2011-11-07 08:35

    Limpopo should have itss own News24 site. it would be far more entertainting. Gold mine

      marazor - 2011-11-07 09:09

      entertaining? How is this entertaining boet?

      Clive - 2011-11-07 15:02

      @Sidima ...absolutely no respect :( to the lost soul he did a great job and was great man please show him the respect he deserves Sidima

      Sidima - 2011-11-08 09:10

      G'z why all the hate? i was not refering to this story as entertaining. Just that news from Limpopo is generally more entertaing to read. RIP to the man though, no one deserves to die like that. i was not being insensitive Also, elephants are wild animals that will from time to time kill when they feel threatened. We need to respect nature.

  • Alva - 2011-11-07 08:45

    Sad story. RIP Tavus. Lesson to be learnt. Don't walk on your own in the bush!

      hadedah - 2011-11-07 15:34

      Well said Alva. only a fool walks by himself in a reserve where dangerous animals have the right of way. I feel sorry for those he leaves behind. No real ranger walks by himself in the bush. always with an armed companion if he is taking photos. and even when patrolling always with company who is also armed. The Bush is a dangerous place, more so in a registered game reserve with wild life. I have over 40 years experience in parks and am still alive. My sincere condolences to his family and friends he has plenty of time now to mull over the incident.

      werner.smidt - 2011-11-07 21:12

      @Ibis now's not really the time to be condescending, you turd.

  • tom.coetzee - 2011-11-07 08:47

    Such sad news...

  • Leonard - 2011-11-07 08:54

    Really sad. This once again demonstrates that you simply do not take any wild animal for granted.

  • j.c.s.mailbox - 2011-11-07 09:32

    Condolences. Nature is also brutal.

  • Christiaan - 2011-11-07 12:38

    Another Good man dies in Africa, A place he loved... R.I.P Octavus...

  • cpauwels - 2011-11-07 13:33

    Terrible to read how someone that loves nature, and obviously also respects it, gets trampled by an elephant.

  • Tebogo - 2011-11-07 14:08

    be careful to wild animls.

      Ncele - 2011-11-07 14:17

      your english my man is not on point. let alone relevance to the sad story about a fellow human being who lost his life

  • Peter - 2011-11-07 16:07

    RIP and condolences to family and friends. Very sad when this happens to an animal lover/photographer. It would us all very happy if this would happen to all those poaching bastards who are motivated by money, and do not give a hoot about the animals.

  • celeste.boon - 2011-11-07 23:03

    im so sad, Tavus was someone i knew, yes its the wild people, but he devoted his life to the wild what happened is tragic and cannot begin to comprehend RIP good man! you leave behind so many sad people! Forever you shall live on! x

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