Live Leak Sarah Brooks, a teacher from Lincolnshire, is thought to have been stabbed in the leg when the elephant’s tusk penetrated the car. The incident was filmed by a passenger in a car behind the couple at the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Miss Brooks was treated in hospital for her injuries but has since been discharged. William Mabasa, general manager at Kruger National Park, confirmed that the video showed the elephant attack that happened on 30 December. “The couple was driving behind this elephant on a gravel road around the Kruger area,” he said.”As they were driving behind the elephant, probably also taking a video of the elephant in front of them, the elephant apparently decided to turn around.”Unfortunately they switched off the engine – because if you minimise noise an elephant would not attack you – [but] unfortunately the elephant attacked.”The elephant has since been killed. “Unfortunately we had to put down the elephant because we did not understand the behaviour,” said Mr Mabasa.They then discovered that the male elephant had been “on musth”, a periodic condition where testosterone levels rise and elephants become more aggressive.He said there had been two other similar cases where elephants have attacked cars in the last four years.
My biggest question after watching this video is, why were these tourists trailing a huge bull elephant that closely in a Volkswagen, which looked to weigh about half as much as the elephant. I thought that, if you were cruising around Kruger National Park looking at the wildlife, a tourist would be in some sort of large jeep which would be impenetrable to a charge by a rhino or an elephant. The vehicle seemed like it got too close to the elephant, I would think that tourists would be content observing elephants (especially large bulls) from a distance, but in the early portion of the video when the car was still on it seemed like the driver nearly tapped the elephant. Of course the elephant attacked, it looked like it was being harassed by the car, and it did what elephants do instinctively. Defended itself. Look, I am not an animal rights lunatic who thinks that we should not have hunted down this killer elephant that was all hopped up on testosterone, but in this case I think the tourists got too close and paid the consequences.