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Why would an elephant trample on someone?

By Vision Reporter

Added 22nd April 2005 03:00 AM

Never attempt to stand between a mother and her baby because it is extremely dangerous,’’ says Lillian Nsubuga, the public relations manager of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). That was after an elephant had killed a tourist in Murchison Falls National Park.

Never attempt to stand between a mother and her baby because it is extremely dangerous,’’ says Lillian Nsubuga, the public relations manager of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). That was after an elephant had killed a tourist in Murchison Falls National Park.

By Gerald Tenywa

Never attempt to stand between a mother and her baby because it is extremely dangerous,’’ says Lillian Nsubuga, the public relations manager of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). That was after an elephant had killed a tourist in Murchison Falls National Park.

Sources within UWA say this was not the first incident to happen in Murchison Falls National Park.

Other sources say that two years ago, an irritated elephant in Queen Elizabeth National Park destroyed a car after the animal failed to track down the occupant (a researcher).

They (elephants) have a good memory and also communicate with others far away in sound with small wavelength that cannot be detected by the human ear.

Nsubuga says African elephants are truly wild and they do not like people close to them. “African elephants are wilder than those on other continents,” she says. “Its worse when they have young ones.’’

Others are more domesticated, according to Nsubuga.

They are very protective of the young ones and it is advisable that one should be at least 300 metres away.

“If the heard has a calf it is better to leave as soon as they display any act of aggressiveness,’’ says a source within Murchison Falls National Park adding that tourists should not get out of their vehicles as a safety precaution.

They are elegant and move in families, but they are easily irritated when they hear a strange noise including hooting, she says.
In some cases, human communities use chilli to chase them to safeguard their villages from crop raiding.

Female elephants lead their communities and turn very aggressive in case of any intrusion, according Damian Akankwasa, an official of UWA.

Why would an elephant trample on someone?

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