Elephants Kill Employee in South African National Park

The deadly attack happened Thursday in Kruger National Park
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 31, 2017 4:10 PM CDT
Park Employee Killed in Elephant Herd Attack
A herd of elephants swim and drink water in South Africa's Kruger National Park in 2016.   (AP Photo/Dolf van Zuydam)

A herd of elephants has attacked a group of wildlife park employees in South Africa, trampling one to death and seriously injuring another, the AP reports. South Africa's national parks service said Friday that the incident occurred Thursday afternoon near a camp in the flagship Kruger National Park. The parks service says police and medics were called to the scene and an investigation is underway.

There have been occasional reports in some African countries of villagers being killed or injured by elephants, which are heavily poached for their ivory and sometimes attacked by villagers who want to protect their crops. Kruger Park has seen a few instances of elephants charging cars that get too close. In at least one case, an elephant stamped on a vehicle and caused injuries. (More elephants stories.)

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