Jul 24, 2017

Zimbabwe: Trained elephant kills tour guide in Victoria Falls park

An elephant that gives tourist rides has killed its handler in Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls National Park. Enock Kufandada was looking after several domesticated elephants when one of them charged at him on Saturday. No-one saw the elephant attack but they heard the screams and trumpeting of the elephant, Brent Williamson from the tour operator told the BBC. The elephant has since been put down. The tour operator, Adventure Zone, describes the rides it offers on its website as "Elephant back safaris" where tourists "Get close to these giants and interact with them". It adds that "Each elephant is under the charge of a handler - the trips are lead by a professional guide, who is armed and carries a first aid kit and handheld radio".

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