Man killed by elephant in Botswana
August 6, 2019 | 1:31 PM
by Agencies
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Gaborone: A 28-year-old man was trampled to death by an elephant on Sunday in northeastern Botswana.

Situme Budani, a local superintendent, said that the deceased was employed by a security company. He was deployed to the Muchenje Lodge and was on patrol-duty when the incident occurred.

The man was confirmed dead on arrival at the Kasane Primary Hospital.

It marks the second elephant attack in the area so far this year. The victim in the first incident survived, but was severely injured, according Budani.

Botswana, home to almost one-third of Africa's 450,000 elephants, has seen its number of elephants triple to an estimated 160,000 since 1991, according to statistics provided by the government.

Earlier this year, Botswana lifted a hunting ban that was put in place in 2014 and announced plans to implement controlled hunting, in a bid to reduce the elephant population.

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