Tourist charged by rhino on safari in South Africa

Tourist airlifted to hospital after rhino charges on safari in Kenya
Tourist airlifted to hospital after rhino charges on safari in Kenya

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A tourist is recovering in hospital after being charged by a rhino during a walking safari in the Kruger National Park, South Africa

The German doctor declined to speak to the media but, accord to Independent Online, a Medi-Clinic spokesman said she was being treated for broken ribs and a broken ankle.

Kruger Park spokesman Stephens Ledwaba said the woman was among a group of tourists walking along the Wolhuter trail when a rhino confronted them on Monday.

The tourists hid behind a rock while the guides to to chase the rhino away. However, the animal - who was with her calf - circled behind the rock, chased the tourists out, and trampled the doctor.

The animals ran away when the guards fired shots from their guns, and the woman was airlifted to hospital.

It is believed the rhino was injured in the incident.

Sithembile Mhlophe, the park's regional general manager, told rnw.nl : "This was a very unfortunate incident, but we are glad that she survived and we wish her a speedy recovery."

On the very same day, a tourist sustained a knee injury when an angry elephant cow overturned his car in the same park.

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