Kwekwe Man killed by elephant while taking selfies

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Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority (Zimparks) rangers shot down an elephant after it fatally trampled a man who was taking selfies with the jumbo just outside Kwekwe, triggering a stampede by villagers for elephant meat.

The man, whose name could not be ascertained, is said to have been gored and dragged for some metres before being trampled by the provoked jumbo in Ward 30 resettlement areas just outside kwekwe.

His colleague is said to be battling for life at Kwekwe General Hospital. Another elephant was shot down when it was spotted heading towards residential areas in Kwekwe.

Residents in Mbizo 22, Chicago, Umlala Park and the surrounding areas have been living in fear after the jumbos, numbering about seven, were spotted in the area last week.

Zimparks yesterday said it had put down two of the jumbos and driven the rest back to the Black Rhino Conservancy where they are said to have escaped from.

It was free for all for villagers in Zibagwe RDC Ward 30 and Kwekwe ward 2 when the elephants were put down as they were seen pushing and shoving to get a share of the meat. Zimparks spokesperson, Mr Tinashe Farawo said the two jumbos were taken down as they were now posing danger to human life.

“There were two incidents, one was when our rangers had to take down an elephant after it trampled upon a man and injured another. The man is said to have been taking selfies with the jumbo when he was attacked by the animal,” said Mr Farawo. Agencies