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Crop-raiding elephant successfully relocated

A 20-year-old elephant has been relocated after local farmers complained that the male had been raiding their crops in Mazabuka, Zambia.

Game Rangers International (GRI) and the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) successfully moved the animal from the Nega Nega area of Mazabuka District to the Kafue National Park.

The male adult elephant was relocated on Saturday to Kafue National Park. Credit: Game Rangers International

The operation began on Saturday morning and lasted over 12 hours.

The animal was airlifted by helicopter before being holstered onto the back of a crane truck and then carried to a larger transporter truck for the last part of the journey.

The elephant had been resident in the area for a number of years but complaints from farmers forced his departure. Credit: Game Rangers International

Many of the affected community were happy that the animal was moving to a new home rather than being shot.

Arriving at the Kafue National Park, the elephant headed straight into the forest where it is hoped he will enjoy a "long and peaceful life" in his new home.

A convoy of vehicles set off to travel 450km to transport the elephant to the Kafue National Park. Credit: Game Rangers International

The operation was supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

British teacher speaks of horror after elephant attack

A teacher who suffered a serious leg injury when an elephant tore through her car in South Africa has told how she desperately tried to drive away.

Sarah Brooks, who works at the Sir John Gleed School in Spalding, Lincolnshire, and her South African fiancee Jans de Klerk, were attacked by the elephant as they drove through the Kruger National Park on December 30.

The elephant was filmed flipping the car onto its roof. Credit: Barcroft Media

Miss Brooks told the Daily Mail: "The elephant was coming towards us, so I swung round to do a three-point turn but couldn’t get it into reverse. I completely freaked.

"I somehow managed to turn the engine on, Jans found reverse, but just as I got it going, the elephant tipped us up.

"At that moment, your life flashes through your head. I thought, 'We've only been together a year-and-a-half, life's good. Why now? Why the hell now? It just isn't fair.' I didn't know if either of us would live."


Cyanide poisoned elephants death toll 'reaches 91'

Poisoned elephant carcass at the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe Credit: ITV News

The number of poisoned dead Elephants at the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe has risen to 91, wildlife officials have told the Associated Press.

The elephants were poisoned with cyanide by poachers who hacked off their tusks for the lucrative illegal ivory market. ITV News correspondent Martin Geissler reported on the devastating attack last week.

Police and rangers have recovered ivory tusks, cyanide and wire snares after a sweep through villages close to the park. Credit: ITV News

Officials say cyanide used in gold mining was spread by poachers over the flat "salt pans". They also say lions, hyenas and vultures have died from feeding on contaminated carcasses or drinking nearby.

Nine suspected poachers have been arrested this month after the biggest, most brutal poaching spree on record. Three men were sentenced to up to 16 years in jail.

Report: Briton killed by elephant had hearing problems

A British man, trampled to death by an elephant in India, is reported to have had hearing issues, according to The Times (£).

Colin Manvell, 68, a wildlife photographer, was killed while trying to take a picture of a pied kingfisher in the Masinagudi forest of Tamil Nadu, according to his guide and driver.

Michael Isaacs, who was on the same committee board as Mr Manvell at a tennis association in Portsmouth said:

I remember him asking people to speak up or direct their conversation towards one side because he had a problem with his hearing in one ear.

You had to make it clear you were speaking to him in committee meetings. Given the problem with his hearing, it is no surprise that he failed to hear an elephant approaching from behind.

Tributes paid to retired teacher killed by Indian elephant

Tributes have been paid to retired teacher Colin Manvell who died after being trampled to death by an elephant in India.

Retired teacher Colin Manvell, 67, was trampled by an Indian elephant. Credit: INS News Agency

Mr Manvell joined Warblington School in 1988 and it is believed that he retired in 1998.

Headteacher Julia Vincent said: "We were saddened to hear of this tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family at this sad time."

The 67-year-old is understood to have also worked at the Avenue Tennis and Squash Club in the town.

Paula Fuge, personnel manager for Portsmouth Tennis Academy, who has been involved with Mr Manvell in the local tennis scene for more than 20 years, said: "I didn't believe it when I heard what had happened, you never expect that to happen."

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