A Dutch and a Belgian tourist were trampled to death by an elephant in Zambia as they got too close to the animal when trying to take pictures
The holidaymakers, Van Griensven 61 from Holland and Sabine Elfride 57 from Belgium were killed by the elephant on Saturday while on safari at Maramba River Lodge in the tourist town of Livingstone.
The two were killed as they went too close to the elephant trying to take pictures,” police spokesman Danny Mwale said in a statement.
Mwale said police who visited the scene found the bodies lying on the ground with multiple injuries. Cases of tourists killed by wild animals while on safari are often reported across southern Africa. Some people have been mauled by lions while attempting to take pictures.
The incident happened around 17 hours on Saturday.
Senior Wildlife Warden Southern Region Lewis Daka has told ZNBC news that Van Griensven 61 from Holland and Sabine Elfride 57 from Belgium met their fate as they were watching elephants that went within the vicinity of the lodge.
Mr. Daka says the lady allegedly went very close to the elephant to get pictures something that made the elephant agitated and charge at her.
Mr. Daka says Mr. Griensven tried to save the lady and in the process the elephant also charged and trampled on him.
He says his department regrets the death of the two tourists and has appealed to lodge owners to provide guides to tourists who visit their lodges.
Mr. Daka says tourists must not be allowed to get too close to the animals especially elephants because they are wild and dangerous.
There is an influx of elephants in Livingstone and Mosi-o-tunya National Park.
Just last week, another elephant trampled on a security officer from one of the lodges in Livingstone while on his way to work.
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