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A Spanish tourist was fatally trampled by a herd of elephants in Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa. Despite warnings, he exited his vehicle to take photos, provoking the animals. This tragic incident highlights the dangers of ignoring safety guidelines in wildlife reserves.

Spanish tourist was tragically killed by a herd of elephants while visiting Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa.

The incident occurred on Sunday, July 7, when the 43-year-old tourist, accompanied by his fiancée and two friends from Johannesburg, stopped to take photographs of a group of elephants.

Despite warnings from his companions and nearby onlookers, the man exited the vehicle to get closer shots.

As he approached, a protective adult female elephant, weighing around 3.5 tons, charged at him. Joined by two adult bulls, the herd overtook the man as he tried to flee back to the car, ultimately trampling him to death. The tourists, who had entered the park through Bakgatia Gate, encountered the elephants not far from the entrance.

Eyewitnesses reported that the elephants moved away from the scene without further aggression, disappearing into the bush.

Park officials and the North-West Parks & Tourism Board expressed their condolences to the victim's family and reiterated the importance of adhering to safety guidelines, which are clearly stated on entry tickets.

A park ranger, speaking anonymously, described the tourist's actions as reckless, highlighting the dangers of approaching wild animals.
North West Police are investigating the incident, gathering statements from witnesses. The tragic event underscores the critical need for visitors to respect wildlife and follow park regulations to prevent such accidents.