Elephant Overturns Vehicle In Kruger

© Jacques Marais

A 40-year old motorist and three children all sustained minor injuries when an elephant bull overturned their vehicle in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on Friday April 8, 2006. The incident occurred at about 10h45 between Phalaborwa gate and Letaba camp. An eyewitness said that the people in the car had been watching the elephant from a distance with their car switched off.

The elephant then advanced on the vehicle, and before the driver could drive off the elephant attacked the vehicle between the driver's door and the bonnet. It then overturned the car. The elephant was driven off by other tourists in the area hooting at it. Park rangers instigated a helicopter search but could not find the bull.

Kruger's executive director Dr Bandile Mkhize said, "A few incidences of elephant aggression have been reported recently in the park and we would like to advise tourists to be extra careful when they are at an elephant sighting in order to avoid incidents such as this one."

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