US vacationer killed in Zambian elephant assault

Picture caption, Authorities have warned vacationers to train excessive warning whereas observing wildlife across the nation

  • Writer, Ana Faguy
  • Function, BBC Information, Washington

A US vacationer from New Mexico was killed by an elephant, after it attacked her car whereas parked throughout a safari drive in Zambia on Wednesday.

The animal pulled Juliana Gle Tourneau, 64, out of the car and trampled her, officers mentioned.

Ms Tourneau was with a gaggle that had stopped close to the Maramba Cultural Bridge in Livingstone resulting from site visitors from an elephant herd when one of many animals attacked, a police official advised the Zambian nationwide broadcaster ZNBC.

This marks the second deadly elephant assault on a US vacationer within the southern African nation this 12 months.

Gail Mattson, a 79-year-old girl from Minnesota, was killed throughout a recreation drive in Zambia’s Kafue Nationwide Park.

In the course of the March incident, an elephant charged the truck, flipped it over, killed Ms Mattson and injured 5 others.

Rona Wells, Ms Mattson’s daughter, wrote on Fb that her mom died in a “tragic accident whereas on her dream journey”.

Video of the assault later went viral and confirmed an elephant charging in direction of the car. Not one of the car passengers are seen within the video, however somebody may be heard saying “oh my goodness,” and “it is coming quick”.

The car stops to presumably try and stave off the elephant, however the animal hooks its tusk onto the car and it rolls a number of instances.

Zambian authorities have known as on vacationers to train excessive warning whereas observing wildlife across the nation.

Zambia’s neighbours Zimbabwe and Botswana have additionally raised concern about rising elephant populations of their respective nations.

Zimbabwe has recorded lethal elephant assaults lately.

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