Tourist Sarah Brooks who was attacked by an elephant in the Kruger National Park was recovering in hospital.
MY COMMENTS: NO SHE WAS NOT ATTACKED, THE ELEPHANT WAS STALKED & THE CAR BECAME A THREAT
JUST IMAGINE YOU WERE WALKING DOWN THE ROAD & SOMEONE WAS FOLLOWING YOU, YOU TURNED AROUND AND THE CAR STOPPED, YOU CARRIED ON WALKING REALIZING THAT THE CAR WAS FOLLOWING YOU AND YOU TURNED AROUND AGAIN, NOT KNOWING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A ROAD AND THE BUSH. WHO’S FAULT?
Tourists Sarah Brooks and Jans de Klerk, who refused to be interviewed at the time, had to be admitted to hospital after the elephant overturned their vehicle a few times, eventually pushing it off the road.
Brooks was injured when one of the elephant’s tusks ripped through the back of her upper thigh, while De Klerk was unharmed.
The Travel who submitted the footage and asked to remain anonymous, explained that they had been following the elephant, driving behind the blue VW used by Brooks and De Klerk.
It soon became clear to the reader that the elephant was getting agitated and they decided to fall back and keep at a safe distance.
Warning signs given by elephants include flapping of the ears or a mock charge where the ears are fully spread with its head down.
In the video the elephant can be seen and heard doing both but at no point does the blue VW attempt to back away slowly. Instead it can be seen driving on and getting even closer to the elephant.
MY COMMENTS: I DOUBT MUCH EFFORT WAS TAKEN IN EDUCATING TOURISTS TO THIS PARK! “LACK OF PROPER MANAGEMENT”
From the footage it appears they may have been trying to pass the elephant instead.
The reader admitted he wanted to warn Brooks and de Klerk that they were getting too close but could not risk putting anybody in danger or even hooting in case it further agitated the elephant.
In a controversial move, the KNP management shot and killed the elephant to prevent it from hurting other people. The decision sparked an outcry on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
MY COMMENTS: WHO GIVES ANYONE THE RIGHT TO TAKE A LIFE WHEN THE ELEPHANT IS MEANT TO BE IN IT’S HOME, HUMANS ARE THE THREAT TO ALL ENDANGERED SPECIES!
At the time KNP spokesperson William Mabasa said people should not be quick to criticise the decision. “Our rangers reported that the same elephant bull had been involved in previous fights with other dominant bulls since it has been in musth phase.”
But the video shows the final incident that caused the animal to be put down could possibly have been avoided.
Despite the video footage, Mabasa says the park has no regrets. He believes the animal would have been put down irrespective as it was “unusually aggressive”, with visitor safety coming first – especially since numbers in the park are high during peak season.
MY COMMENTS: MR MABASA, I DON’T THINK YOU KNOW WHAT “UNUSUALLY” MEANS! IMAGINE THE ELEPHANT AS A TAXI DRIVER WHO IS AN AGGRESSIVE ROAD USER, AND I PERSIST ON OVERTAKING THE VEHICLE, AND DUE TO UNLAWFUL ROAD USE I ROLL MY CAR, SHOULD THE TAXI DRIVER BE SHOT? – THIS IS A WILD ANIMAL WHO IS MEANT TO PROTECT ITSELF – SHOULDN’T THE ANIMAL COME FIRST IRRESPECTIVE IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT MET FOR THE VISITOR – WHO BACKS THE ELEPHANT?
It seems as long as people continue to choose the bushveld as a means of rest and relaxation, there will be those who behave badly, putting themselves and the animals at risk. Who can forget the scene where this drive who played chicken with an elephant and tried to push it off the road or the Singita Game Ranger who decided to charge a wild elephant just for kicks.
MY COMMENTS: DO WE WANT THE ELEPHANT TO BE WILD?