British woman gored by elephant on South African safari


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African Elephant (Loxodonta africana), bull, Kruger National Park, South Africa

A British tourist was hospitalised on holiday when she and her fiancé were attacked by an elephant on safari in South Africa's Kruger National Park.

Teacher Sarah Brooks, 30, and her fiancé were filming the bull elephant from their car as it drank at a waterhole.

It then turned and charged at them, overturning their car and pushing it deep into the bush.

According to the Daily Mail, the animal's tusks ripped through Miss Brook's upper thigh and she was airlifted to hospital for treatment.

Brooks, from Spalding in Lincolnshire, was discharged from hospital and is reportedly still in South Africa recovering.

The couple were on holiday to celebrate their engagement and for Miss Brooks to meet her South African fiancé's family.

News24 reports that Kruger National Park management shot and killed the elephant to stop it from hurting other tourists.

Its aggression was reportedly due to it being in musth and having an injury.

KNP spokesman William Mabasa said: "Our rangers reported that the same elephant bull had been involved in previous fights with other dominant bulls since it has been in musth phase."

"The elephant showed very aggressive behaviour and had to be put down."

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