Ranger discharged from hospital after being trampled by elephant

Medical personnel attending to the game ranger shortly after his arrival at Mediclinic Nelspruit. Pic: Lowvelder

The head ranger of training at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, near the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, was discharged from hospital yesterday morning after being trampled by an elephant cow on Friday.

A helicopter of the Mpumalanga Emergency Medical Services airlifted Conrad Zeelie, 23, to Mediclinic Nelspruit on the morning of the incident. He did not sustain any fractures or suffer internal bleeding, Lowvelder reported.

According to Rod Wyndham, managing director of Sabi Sabi, Zeelie was conducting a training walk with trainee rangers when they were confronted by the elephant.

The animal proceeded to charge at the ranger. “Everything was done to try and turn the charging elephant, but to no avail. He therefore had no option but to take necessary action, resulting in the elephant being shot fatally in order to defend his trainees,” Wyndham said.

He added that Zeelie was a highly qualified Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) guide. “He is very experienced, and he took the decision to act in the best interests of safety as set down in his training,” Wyndham added.

He described the fact that the ranger did not sustain any fractures or suffer internal bleeding as a “miracle” and added that he was, however badly bruised.

Zeelie is currently recuperating at home.

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– Caxton News Service

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