National 15.8.2016 02:56 pm

Kruger rangers find body crushed by elephant

Subs note for DPS:Senior Manager of the Veterinary Unit, Dr Peter Buss prepares to shoot a tranquilizer dart at an elephant during a game capture to collect DNA, 29 July 2014, in the Kruger National Park.  Buss has worked at the Kruger Park for 12 years and is involved in studies of the effects of anaesthetics on wild animals. On Thursday the 31st of July communities around the world came together to celebrate World Ranger Day, a day that aims to pay homage to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty as well as the brave, hardworking game rangers that fight to keep our natural heritage alive.  Picture: Alaister Russell

Subs note for DPS:Senior Manager of the Veterinary Unit, Dr Peter Buss prepares to shoot a tranquilizer dart at an elephant during a game capture to collect DNA, 29 July 2014, in the Kruger National Park. Buss has worked at the Kruger Park for 12 years and is involved in studies of the effects of anaesthetics on wild animals. On Thursday the 31st of July communities around the world came together to celebrate World Ranger Day, a day that aims to pay homage to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty as well as the brave, hardworking game rangers that fight to keep our natural heritage alive. Picture: Alaister Russell

SANParks said at about 1.30pm on Saturday, rangers were alerted to a missing person from the village of Mabilingwe.

Rangers at the Kruger National Park (KNP) have recovered the body of a resident of the Mabilingwe village, who is believed to have been trampled to death by an elephant.

South African National Parks (SANParks) said in a statement on Monday that at about 1.30pm on Saturday, rangers were alerted to a missing person from Mabilingwe, south of the park’s Punda Maria Gate.

“The body was discovered after rangers on patrol saw a man walking along the park’s boundary and upon being questioned, the man indicated he was looking for an old man who disappeared from the village a day before.

“Rangers immediately went on a search and eventually found the body, with signs that it was trampled by an elephant. The case was referred to the police for further investigation,” SANParks said.

“On behalf of [SANParks] management and staff, we wish to express our sincere condolences to the family for the loss of their loved one. Lives have been unnecessarily lost to wild animals in the park due to people not taking the necessary precautions.

“We would like to urge families from the local communities to look after their loved ones, in particular the senior citizens or the mentally distressed, as it is possible for them to wander and disappear into the park which is dangerous,” said the acting head of communications William Mabasa.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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