Girlfriend of safari guide who was gouged by an elephant near Kruger Park claims lodge's statement is a 'fabrication'

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Sheldon Hooper and Rebecca Rowles. (PHOTO: SUPPLIED)
Sheldon Hooper and Rebecca Rowles. (PHOTO: SUPPLIED)

They were planning to have a romantic dinner to celebrate their nine-month anniversary. But Rebecca Rowles and Sheldon never got their special moment – the field guide died a horrific death after being gouged by an elephant at the private lodge where they both worked.

Sheldon, who worked as a guide at Thornybush River Lodge near Hoedspruit, was gouged three times – twice in the leg and once more in the chest, Rebecca tells YOU. “The chest wound severed a major artery and even a surgeon couldn’t have saved him.”

And Rebecca, who also worked at the private lodge in a position front of house at Thornybush, is furious at Thornybush’s management. She believes they should’ve done more to prevent Sheldon’s death.

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