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Tourist Killed, Others Injured in Elephant Attack During Zambian Safari

Tragedy struck a safari expedition in Zambia on Saturday, as a bull elephant charged a tourist vehicle, resulting in the death of an American tourist and injuring five others. The harrowing incident was captured on video by a member of the touring party.

Video Captures Tense Moments

The disturbing footage shows the large male elephant, estimated to weigh around five tons, chasing the safari truck in Kafue National Park, the largest game reserve in Africa. The park is managed by African Parks, a nonprofit that oversees wildlife sanctuaries across the continent [1]. Tourists on the vehicle can be heard expressing fear as the elephant gains on them [2, 3].

The exact cause of the elephant’s aggression remains unclear. Some reports suggest the vehicle may have gotten too close to the animal, while others speculate the elephant might have felt threatened [2, 4].

Deadly Encounter

The video shows the safari driver attempting to evade the elephant, but the animal eventually makes contact with the vehicle, flipping it over several times [1, 3]. Sadly, an 80-year-old American woman did not survive the attack. The identities of the victim and the injured have not been released [1].

Authorities Investigate

Park authorities are currently investigating the incident. It serves as a stark reminder of the importance of maintaining a safe distance from wild animals during safaris [2]. Wilderness Zambia, the tour company involved, expressed their condolences to the victim’s family and is cooperating fully with the investigation [1].

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