Man Trampled By Elephant

Wild animals are, well… wild!

Just the other day, I wrote about the South African farmer who got mauled by his “pet” hippo, Humphrey. Now another South African man has been killed by an elephant.

67-year-old Mike Dobson and his wife Ling were walking in the bush on their friends’ private game farm on the Shashe River in Botswana while on holiday when the incident, which has been described as a “once-in-a-lifetime freak accident” that happened “in the blink of an eye,” occurred.

According to Dobson’s wife, she’d been photographing the elephant cow at a watering hole only minutes earlier. When they moved on, “Mike was in front of me. The elephant took fright. No one knows what spooked her.”

The elephant became aggressive, was heard to trumpet. It stormed at Dobson and the couple got separated. “Moments later I asked where Mike was, but by then Mike was no more.” Mrs Dobson and her hosts found her husband lying in the bush. He’d been trampled underfoot and gored by a tusk “with great force.”

Dobson was loaded into a car and rushed across the South African border some 60 kilometers away, but he could not be revived by paramedics once they reached them and died of his injuries. Mr Dobson, who was known for his volunteer work at a childhood development center and a children’s feeding scheme in his hometown of Knysna on South Africa’s Garden Route, loved the bush.

Andreas is a book shop manager and freelance writer in Cape Town, South Africa. Follow him on Twitter: @Andreas_Spath


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John Doe
james rico7 years ago

when you do this kind of work you should allways have dog with you one that knows the bush. so he can warn you in time or distract a wild animal long enough for you to escape in time the dog will be fast and agile enough to not get hurt himself but he can save your life.

Yvonne Fast
Yvonne F7 years ago

Sad! But it is wild animals and it is their habitat. So humans have to be careful when moving around in those ares. But it is still sad.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle7 years ago

"Once-in-a-lifetime freak accident", and Dobson was where he wanted to be, enjoying the game farm -- so though sad, he probably knew more than most, that one takes one's chances when on the animals' turf. My respects to his wife.

Helen Allard
Helen A7 years ago

I hope that this is noted that it is a freak accident and that they don't go out on a hunt to kill this beautiful animal for her being scared. Elephants are very protective of their own and will do anything when they think they are being threatened esp. the Matrioct's who really bond together to watch out for anything they think might harm them.
I'm sad for the family that lost their loved one and pray that they will get thru this without bitterness....

Will Rogers
Will Rogers7 years ago

Stupid people. They should know that's what happens.

Rebecca Odle
Rebecca Noiseux7 years ago

Nature is nature. You take the risks when entering the animals land. Sad story.

Marie W.
Marie W7 years ago

Always dangerous to be around truly wild animals especially big ones.

Marieanne Phillips

It's sad that that has happened, however, it's a freak accident.

I just hope that this beautiful, majestic animal it's going to be hunted down and killed. Sad to say, but this animals environment was invaded. We humans need to be very careful how we tread when we are in the natural environment of animals.

Donna Pulous
Donna Pulous7 years ago

If people would leave WILDLIFE alone and not swim, play or hunt them this would be a much better planet to co-exist on!

jan macek
jan macek7 years ago

This is what happened to Steve Irwin; it was a freak accident. It happens but when wildlife is the cause of human's dying, it makes the news. People get gored by bulls and stomped by pet horses. Life happens. Death is always right around the corner.