This April 2017 video from the Kruger National Park in South Africa says about itself:
This might be the Cutest Elephant Attack ever! Baby Elephant joins Mom in Charge. Funny!
This Elephant Calf decided to join it’s Mom in a charge towards safari tourists. The little Elephant tries to keep up and eventually hit the front when it suddenly and (very proudly) gives a warning trumpet towards the tourists!
“It was a very memorable encounter. Our guide thought that there could be a problem as soon as we came upon the group and told us that we may have to reverse quickly to leave them alone. How right he was.”
However, not always elephant attacks in Kruger are so bloodless; and not always the targets are non-violent tourists.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
In South Africa, a suspected rhino poacher has cruelly encountered the dangers of nature. He was killed by an elephant and then eaten by lions. A group of five were poaching in the Kruger National Park. One of them was attacked by an elephant and died then.
The other four informed relatives of the victim, who in turn warned the authorities. Park rangers went to the scene of the incident, but because it was getting dark, they couldn’t find the victim. The next day they did find him, but then it turned out that lions had taken advantage of the corpse. The rangers only found the skull and pants of the man.
The national park has indicated in a statement that it is unwise to enter Kruger illegally on foot. “There are many dangers and this incident proves that.” The other four poachers have been arrested, they will be tried.
The Kruger National Park is located in the northeast of South Africa, along the border with Zimbabwe and Mozambique. With over 19,000 square kilometers, it is almost half the size of the Netherlands. All types of the big five are found in the park: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.