'No wonder elephants attack cars!' - readers respond to latest Kruger elephant incident

2014-06-09 13:30

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SANParks official pushes elephant and calf off road

2014-06-09 10:03

Check out this shocking footage of a SANParks official pushing an elephant and her calf off the road. WATCH

Skukuza - Just a few weeks after a SANParks official was caught firing shots to scare an elephant off the road in the Kruger National Park, another video has emerged of a similar incident where an elephant and her calf were pushed off the road by a park vehicle.

Beeld reports that Stephan Segal, a visitor to the park, witnessed the reckless behaviour on Sunday afternoon and filmed the entire incident.  

Watch the video here.  

Frankly, we couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the footage, especially so soon after a similar incident involving a SANParks official was filmed just a few weeks ago.  

The official involved in the shooting incident was subjected to a disciplinary hearing and received a ‘final warning.’

While SANParks has called for visitors to respect their animals on numerous occasions it seems like certain park employees (probably very much a minority) are not following the same code of conduct!  

We asked our readers whether they had ever witnessed similar incidents and if a ‘final warning’ was sufficient punishment for this sort of offense form an official.  

This is what everyone had to say:

We’ve seen these things happen with our own eyes!

Doreen Ronnenbergh - I have witnessed them speeding also they bang the sides of their vehicles when they want to get passed. We were then charged by the elephant and we were far from the park employees.

Paddy and Carol Norten - Oh yes we have seen: -SANPARKS officials speeding (one night they nearly collided with our car in Oliphants camp), contractors driving hard and fast near Elephants causing them to scatter and bellow. We always complain direct and by letter but don’t get the courtesy of a reply.

Fire them!  

Magda Snyders - That explains why the elephants attack cars. No not at all. Fire them and blacklist their names to never again work in a enviroment with animals.

Kerrin Niemandt - Fire the moron! He doesn't deserve his job!!!!!!

Gary Harvey - Get rid of them. Sanparks clean up your act.

Nats Brown - Fire, blacklist. SANParks clean up house and review your hiring process.

Jacqueline-marie Gottfert - Soon elephants will think all vehicles are a threat to them. This guy should be fired on the spot, without a warning!! A person in this job should have a passion for animals. Obviously his passion isn't there. So how would a 'warning' help???

Stephanie Boting - The animals were there before man. There is so much disrespect toward animals, it's sad! Rules are placed for a reason to be abided by by everyone whether you are a visitor or employee.

Ricky Summers - Staff have to love animals. I think when SANPARK employ staff have that check out.

He should be given a fair chance

Tau Phahlane - He should explain first y was he doing that otherwise we conclude or determine any foul play as we don't know the intention right now.  

Readers also responded on Twitter

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