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Man nursing injuries after being trampled by an elephant

22 October 2013, 19:28 Arap Yego

Bungoma - A 64-year-old man is nursing serious injuries after being trampled by an elephant Tuesday morning as he worked on his farm in Kaberwa Village at the edge of Mt Elgon Forest in Bungoma County.

The man, Bernard Otunga, was rushed to Kapsokwony sub-District Hospital for medical attention after the early morning incident.

Kenya Forest Service (KFS) has allowed the inhabitants of the area to farm and graze their cattle in the area that was formerly forested, under an agreement dubbed 'Shamba System' that binds the residents to take care of the ecosystem.

His son, Isaac Otunga, who spoke to journalists at the hospital, said neighbours heeded his father’s cry for help, and managed to scare away the beast.

A doctor at the hospital, who requested anonymity as he is not allowed to speak to the press, said the man broke his left leg and arm and also some ribs.

“If he doesn’t respond well to treatment here, we will refer him to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret for specialized treatment,” said the doctor.

Residents appealed to Kenya Wildlife Service officials in the region to assist the family of the injured man to foot his hospital bill and called for a permanent solution to bring to an end the human-wildlife conflict that is common in the area.

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