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Two trampled by elephant while taking photo

25 April 2014, 12:53 Magdalyn Mwaniki

Nakuru - Two men died on the spot after they were attacked by an elephant at Kiptagich village in Kuresoi sub-County.

A happy photo session ended in pain after the two men who were posing for a photograph were trampled by an elephant to death.

Leonard Tanui, 27, and his friend whom the police only identified as Shikuku, are said to have rushed with excitement upon spotting the rare mammal purportedly to take a lifetime snap.

The animal is however suspected to have stayed from the nearby Mau forest to residential farms where it attacked the duo.

Confirming the incident, Kuresoi OCPD David Mwamburi said the stray elephant is suspected to have been infuriated by the two.

“The elephant invaded the village at around 8am till 2pm when the two men approached it to take a photograph,” said Mwamburi.

Mwaburi said the elephant, out of anger trampled the two to death before they could take the photograph.

He said residents rushed to rescue the two but they were scared of the elephant.

Bodies of the deceased people were taken to Molo district hospital mortuary for autopsy while police officers have commenced investigation in collaboration with officers from Kenya Wildlife Service to establish what really happened.

Following the attack, Mwamburi has warned members of the public to keep off endangered wildlife and forest protected areas so as to avoid losing life.

“This is a rare incident in the region. However, residents should be keen while approaching the forest areas to avoid deaths,” he advised.

He added that residents should also involve security agencies and KWS officers whenever they spot wild animals invading their homes.

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