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Man Trampled to Death by Elephants in Front of Fiancee, Disturbing Details Come to Light

Man Trampled to Death by Elephants in Front of Fiancee, Disturbing Details Come to Light

A tourist visiting South Africa with his fiancée has died after being trampled by elephants during a safari.

Carlos Luna, 43, was visiting Pilanesberg National Park, about 200 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg, with his fiancée when the incident occurred.

The couple was driving through the reserve in their own vehicle with two other women when they spotted three elephants and two cubs in the park.

The group spotted three adult elephants and two cubs. (Getty Stock Photo)

The group spotted three adult elephants and two cubs. (Getty Stock Photo)

Hoping to get a better photo of the massive animals, Luna reportedly got out of the car, leaving the other visitors in the vehicle.

However, when Luna left the safety of the car, at least one of the elephants turned to him and began to attack.

Pieter Nel, spokesman for the North West Parks and Tourism Board, told the BBC that the matriarch in the group had become “agitated”, causing her to charge at Luna.

He was unable to escape and was subsequently trampled by the rest of the herd. He was rushed to hospital after the incident but died from his injuries.

Alex Lacadena, director of a Spanish safari agency, told a Spanish newspaper: “The first rule of a safari is that you are not allowed to get out of the vehicle or stand up.

“When you drive a 4×4, wild animals don’t see people, they see a block and they only react if you do something that deviates from the norm.”

The other occupants of the car were unharmed in the attack. An investigation into Luna’s death is now underway.

Luna was described as a

Luna was described as a “good worker and a nice person.” (Solarpix)

Luna worked as the boss of a cleaning company and lived in the town of Ejea de los Caballeros, near Zaragoza.

A former colleague of Luna was quoted in a Spanish newspaper after his death describing him as a “good worker and a nice person.”

“He loved motorcycles and getting out on his mountain bike,” the man added.

It was said that a Spanish consul in South Africa was on his way to Pretoria to assist with the repatriation of Luna’s body.

Following the incident, authorities stressed the importance of visitors taking safety precautions while on safari.

Thami Matshego, chief executive of the North West Parks and Tourism Board, told local news channel Netwerk24: “Tourists are constantly reminded of the importance of staying in their vehicles when visiting the park, keeping sufficient distance between animals and their vehicles and allowing animals to move freely. They are only allowed to get out of their vehicles at safely designated areas.”

Nel added that it is ‘normal behaviour’ for wild elephants to defend their young.