Spanish tourist dies after being crushed by a herd of elephants in South Africa

Spanish tourist dies after being crushed by a herd of elephants in South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa – Elephants trampled a Spanish tourist to death in a South African nature reserve after the man abandoned his vehicle and approached a herd to take photographs, police and local government officials said Tuesday.

The 43-year-old man died Sunday in Pilanesberg National Park in North West province, about 111 miles from Johannesburg, police said.

Among the elephant herd were young calves. Wildlife experts often warn that elephants are particularly protective of their young and can react aggressively to a perceived threat.

According to police, the man’s girlfriend and two other women, all from Johannesburg, were also travelling in the vehicle and were unharmed.

Piet Nel, acting chief conservation officer for the North West Parks and Tourism Board, said visitors to Pilanesberg are told they cannot leave their vehicles behind while driving in the park and must sign forms showing they understand the rules.

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