An enraged male bull elephant flipped over a car with a woman and her soon-to-be husband during an African safari.
Sarah Brooks, 30, and Jans de Klerk were observing and filming the elephant from their car as it drank from a waterhole. The elephant then turned and attacked their parked car at the Kruger National Park in South Africa. The elephant’s tusk ripped through Brook’s upper thigh.
The elephant flipped their car around 130 feet down a track and into bushes. Tourists traveling in a car behind Brooks and de Klerk filmed the incident.
Brooks, a teacher from Spalding, England, was airlifted to a hospital where she was treated for several days. She has been released from the hospital since the Dec. 30 attack and is said to still be in the country recovering. De Klerk, was not injured.
Park officials shot the elephant, which was found to have an aggressive-making condition called “musth.” The bull elephant also had an injury, which was believed to have increased its aggressiveness.
“You have to be doubly cautious when you see an elephant in musth,” Michelle Henley of Save the Elephants, told IOL Travel. “They are far more aggressive because their testosterone levels are very elevated.”
Brooks traveled to South Africa to meet her fiancé’s South African family, according to friends.
“The elephant suddenly stopped, turned around and rapidly walked towards the vehicle, which was stationary,” Park Spokesperson William Mabasa said. “It charged at them, attacked the vehicle and flipped it over off the road into the thick bushes.”
Neighbors of the couple said Monday they have yet to return from South Africa.
Sources: Daily Mail, IOL Travel