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Elephant flips car in national park

WATCH: Elephant Flips Car In National Park


Two people on safari in South Africa's Kruger National Park were in for a shock when an elephant flipped the car they were in.

A British woman named Sarah Brooks is thought to be one of the passengers in the car, and BBC says she was stabbed in the leg with a tusk. The Telegraph reports the man in the car suffered less serious injuries and both are expected to make a full recovery.

The elephant was put down for 'posing a threat to tourists.'

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ebigprofits January 18 2014 at 10:57 AM

God created the animals first, than man! This beautiful God made creature had a right to protect what it thought was a home invasion. Sure the people were attack, but don't we as human beings have the right to protect our home? No one was killed, you would not give someone the death sentence, for the same act, would you?

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canalexpo January 16 2014 at 8:05 PM

The term Rogue means a lot in describing rampant Elephants. Africa's National Parks are no different than Americas burbs. Once a Pachyderm has learned and been successful in attacking humans, he will do it again. Yes it s done to protect visitors, yes it is about the money they bring to the conservation of parks, yes it is the one way these Kruger Park can survive. In some areas the Elephants have decimated Rhinos because they learned to attack and kill, Killer Elephants learned their trade in Uganda during Idi Amin's tenure. But then again, Africa is a different continent, mysterious habits and rules seem strange to the non initiated readers.

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onlyway2goisup January 16 2014 at 9:13 AM

WHAT!!!! The elephant was 'put down'?!!!! 'Posing a threat to tourists'............r u kidding me! The elephant was on HIS own territory was it acting this way cause it felt threatened , guarding new family, intrusive behavior , scared, he was large and perhaps full grown..he/she was home with the strange behavior of intruders who were perhaps crossing its path! That was an endangered animal! Fault the rangers of the park, fault the trails, fault the money makers UGH!!! Fault the inhumanity of selfish man of late! I hope this is looked into for the real reason for doing the ultimate toward our wildlife and kill them! Was the shooter a coward, trying to me a 'big man on campus' ,inexperienced, have a job for the sake of just having a job with NO true compassion towards these animals, had been lusting after the animals tusks and this was a perfect reason to make a move..WHATEVER! I hope something will be done so this will never happen again.....NEVER!

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peter.rahde January 16 2014 at 3:52 AM

The park derives a lot of necessary revenue which in turns provides protection
and a save habitat for the animals of the park not to mention feeds the families of the rangers
It is unusual for situation as described to happen
Tourists like to feel save when travelling in their vehicle on a sight seeing tour of the park
It was an unfortunate incident and the only solution to deal with this rogue elephant

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Cathy January 15 2014 at 11:58 PM

What is the world coming too. U were in His home....society has to STOP. Just because nature does not act the way U want....IT IS NATURE.....stop trying to change it. That is what is wrong with the WORLD. Get out of Their Homes.....U Dont want them in yours....STAY OUT OF THEIRS

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kim272727 January 15 2014 at 8:22 PM

That is so sad. These drivers should know when to avoid animals that are acting territorial. They give off signs. Flapping their ears for one. That doesn't mean move in closer for a better shot, it means move the hell out of the way. This is the elephants territory, and if they feel threatened, they have the right to defend themselves.

I wonder how the injured couple feels about the animal being put down.

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45647400 January 15 2014 at 7:11 PM

Why weren't the tourists put down for 'posing a threat to elephants'????

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jane50 January 15 2014 at 6:16 PM

"Put down"? What a sanitized way of saying slaughtered! Bull elephants are territorial and while I'm very sorry that the people were injured, they were in the elephant's territory! If people choose to travel through areas where wild animals are found, then I think they should accept the risks associated with that.

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evecaren January 15 2014 at 2:02 PM

The two people who were flipped over in the car survived with non life threatening injuries.
The elephant who flipped the car was killed because the car came through his territory?
Couldn't the park authorities have found another solution besides killing this beautiful elephant ?''
How very very sad to kill this beautiful mammal when elephants are so endangered already
and thousands are killed for their ivory.

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cbasconsuelo January 15 2014 at 12:37 PM

THIS IS what happens when you TRESSPASS!!!!

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