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 Post subject: Re: Tourist and Elephant clash
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:55 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Tourist and Elephant clash
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From the posts it seems like ellies have given quite a number of people a skrik !! It seems to be quite common :big_eyes:
It happened to me in May 2012 and I posted it on WHERE DID YOU GO ? ....and ....WHERE ARE YOU GOING? if anyone is interested
Phew !! It was close and when I see the pics of the cars it is terrifying !!! :shock:

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I am lost here, can anyone direct me to Sanparks response to incident, or is the response coming via pigeon, or wild card department sent response, but now lost :lol: , or a relay of people running down to Kruger and back to find out what happened.

No speculation but as per the norm, it takes a long time to get answers to questions.

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 Post subject: Re: Tourist and Elephant clash
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Hi FG

Go to http://www.sanparks.org/about/news/default.php?id=55496

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Nothing further to what the official report states FG.

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 Post subject: Re: Tourist and Elephant clash
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Elephant Attack on 2 Chinese Visitors in Kruger National Park, Television Discussion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DI2lFd7s4k
by - http://www.krugerparkbookings.com/

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 Post subject: Re: Tourist and Elephant clash
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We had a close encounter on our December trip. I won't say too much, other than I really believed that we had given a respectful distance. My poor daughters were terrified.

I can't help wondering, with all the poaching, whether the elephants are not picking up on something.

Elephants are now known to be able to communicate long distances, they have a system of sensing danger that is way beyond our comprehension.

There are some very dangerous men with some very nasty weapons reappearing.

Just a thought :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Tourist and Elephant clash
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MM - you are not the only one with that train thought. Sounds far-fetched? Not if you have read "The Elephant Whisperer" and are aware of what happened just after Lawrence Antony's death - when the elephants suddenly appeared at his house and stayed there for a couple of days. With that in mind, elephants becoming "over agitated" in KNP when confronted by vehicles because of some shared knowledge of humans hunting them or other animals in the area is not so far-fetched.

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Sounds very plausible...........BTW just finished reading The Elephant Whisperer!!!
Thanks Elsa for loaning it to me!! :thumbs_up:

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Val the Elephant whisper has he passed away? If so of what did he die? I watched a documentary he made the other day powerfull stuff i didnt know theirs a book aswell would love to read it :)

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I also wondered that, and "Googled" him.....it sais he died of a heart attack. :cry:
Such a shame. :cry:

It's a lovely book, mostly about the ellies, but there are other stories about him and his family and Thula Thula reserve!! :thumbs_up:

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That is such a shame that man had a definite connection with ellies after watching that documentary I learnt so much about ellies I didnt know but I also almost felt comfortable enough to say I wont run away at an ellie sighting again lol that I might just be able to sit breath normally and enjoy them again :)

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 Post subject: Re: Tourist and Elephant clash
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I drove past the spot yesterday where this happened. There is still glass off the side of the road and the area is pretty trampled by other cars, ambulances etc. It is a straight stretch of road with very little vegetation for an Ellie to hide in. There are NO tyre skid marks. I think that speculation about speeding may be a little premature. I think that a lack of understanding by the occupants of the dangers wildlife can present might go a way to understanding the incident.


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Crested Val wrote:
Sounds very plausible...........BTW just finished reading The Elephant Whisperer!!!
Thanks Elsa for loaning it to me!! :thumbs_up:


The elephant is an amazing animal. We know so little. What might they be picking up?

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Is it possible to get there at permitted speed from camp in half an hour Grasha?

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