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80-year-old American tourist killed while charging elephant during safari in Zambia’s Kafue National Park


​​​​​​​An 80-year-old American tourist was killed by a male elephant when the safari group she was part of was attacked by the animal.

Another guest was also injured in the incident at Kafue National Park, Zambia.

The group of six guests and a guide were on a safari from Lufupa camp, when at around 9:30am local time (7:30am UK time) their vehicle was “unexpectedly charged” by the animal.

Video captured the terrifying moment when elephant chased after the tourist group.

The group’s vehicle was passing through the national park as the elephant could be seen approaching them.

The vehicle stopped and moments before the elephant ran over it, the guide could be heard shouting “hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey!”

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People were heard screaming during the attack.

The second injured guest was rushed to a private medical facility, while the other four guests were treated for minor injuries.

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Keith Vincent, Managing Director of Wilderness, said: “This is a tragic event and we send our deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased guest. We also, of course, support these guests as well as the guide involved in this distressing incident. »

Mr Vincent added that the vehicle stopped because “unfortunately, in this case, the terrain and vegetation were such that the guide’s route was blocked and he was unable to get the vehicle out of danger fast enough”.


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