Elephant Attack at Pilanesberg National Park Claims Life of Spanish Tourist

Picture: Timothy Bernard / Independent Newspapers.

Pilanesberg National Park has expressed condolences to the family of a Spanish tourist who was trampled to death by an elephant this weekend.

It is believed that the 43-year-old guy, his fiancée, and a third person were driving through the North West reserve when they stopped to photograph a group of elephants and calves.

The elephants, headed by the matriarch of the group, allegedly attacked the man. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Pieter Nel, chief conservation officer for the North West Parks and Tourism Board, told Newzroom Afrika that people should not leave their vehicles at any time while visiting the area.

He claimed no action will be taken against the elephant. He went on to say that it was a breeding group, and the elephant who initiated the attack was the matriarch, so it was normal for her to retaliate.

He stated that the area is a wildlife reserve where animals live in their natural habitat, and that people should use caution while accessing these places.

Deborah Mooketsi, Chief Marketing Officer of North West Parks, adding that visitors to the park are given information about how to behave there, including processes and protocols that must be followed.

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