November 21, 2019
World News

59-year-old Australian tourist killed by an elephant in Namibia

abc.net: A 59-year-old Australian man has been killed by an elephant in Namibia, according to that country’s government.

The man’s death was confirmed in a Facebook post by the African nation’s tourism ministry.

“Sadly today the Ministry received a report that a tourist was killed by an elephant,” the post said.

“The Ministry has since confirmed that a 59-year-old Australian national man was killed in the Huab River, Kunene region where a group of tourists were camping, this morning.

“This is a very unfortunate incident and highly regrettable.”

The statement said the man’s group had not been camping in a designated camping area.

Police are investigating whether the group was with a tour guide at the time.

“The Ministry wishes to reiterate our call to our very welcome tourists to always be cautious and adhere to the rules and regulations put in place for their safety,” the statement concluded.

“Finally, we wish to express our sincere condolences to the bereaved family and friends of the deceased.”

The Kunene region is home to one of only two known groups of desert elephants in the world, according to Namibia’s tourism board.

The animals are slightly smaller than other African elephants, have larger feet and longer legs, and travel in smaller groups.

Source: published by abc.net

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