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Elephant Bull, Shot Dead 4 Being in Musth, in South Africa

Animals  (tags: elephant, bull, musth, South Africa, Kruger National Park, tourists, tusks, dead, shot and killed, car )

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Park officials later shot the elephant which was in musth, a periodic condition in males that makes them aggressive when their testosterone levels rise by up to 60 times. It also had an injury, which is believed to have increased its aggressiveness.


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Shelli S (374)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 3:13 pm
This elephant bull, surely got in the way of the tourist & was rightly killed, for being a bull in dare he...(sarcasm galore)

Roseann d (178)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 3:18 pm
They must protect the gawd almighty tourism industry at the cost of wildlife doing in their nature what elephants do. Why were tourists even put at risk as surely park officials knew about this? Do they plan to cull all male elephants acting on their instincts?

Nicole W (646)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 4:03 pm
sadly noted, ty Shelli

Gabriela Baldaia (104)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 4:15 pm
Maybe they were driving too close ... Respect for wildlife is underestimated ..

. (0)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 4:22 pm
I don't know enough to know if this was right or wrong. It's just a terrible story.

Shelli S (374)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 4:25 pm
Kruger National Park owes us answers, why does the bull elephant have 2 be shot?? I just cant wrap my head around why this is acceptable, 4 animals 2 be shot, doing what animals do when threatened!!

Shelli S (374)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 4:29 pm
Where did the elephant have 2 go, if this wasn't his territory, then why was he there...Hmm..

Shelli S (374)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 4:30 pm
Guess all animals should be shot, when in musth!

Laurie S (73)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 4:31 pm
Very Sad!!!
Thank you for sharing Shelli

Michela M (3964)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 4:32 pm

Kathleen R (192)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 4:32 pm
Thank you Shelli. I agree with most of the comments. The elephant paid with his life for tourism. Leave the wildlife alone. Thank you for sharing. Good job.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 4:40 pm
Gladly noted!! :*-(

Ondine J (134)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 4:40 pm
This is another tragic story, how many more elephants between the poachers and tourism ??

isabelle f (55)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 4:45 pm
Park visitors were advised to keep a safe distance from wild animals and they didn't !! Elephants are wild animals and will do what wild animals do !! These tourists probably tried to get closer for a photo or better look. That is clearly inviting a potentially disastrous result !! I quite agree with Roseann D !!! Thanks Shelli for posting


Lynn Carin (366)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 4:50 pm
Sadly Noted. Thanks for sharing this story, Shelli. Tragic story for the rogue elephant. Can't support 'tourism' anymore... especially after hearing about and/or reading things like this.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 5:02 pm
The elephant was just BEING an elephant! To kill him for his normal behavior while in his high musth phase is just WRONG. Have plenty of empathy for the young woman who was hurt and do hope she has recovered completely from this horrible encounter. To blame the elephant and kill him is so wrong, but hey that is the human way of resolving conflict at all levels.

Ruth Ann W (198)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 5:03 pm
Sadly noted. Thank you for letting us k now, Shelli. We really do need to find a balance here. Tourism does support many countries. But as someone else said, the idiots (usually Americans) do inappropriate things putting themselves and the animals (more important than the humans) in harms way.

Mandi T (367)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 5:13 pm
Sad, sad news. :(

Shelli S (374)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 5:44 pm
I'm not saying that the tourist is at fault, I don't know how much "training' they are given b4 the drive up 2 elephants (especially bull elephants) The elephant, clearly felt threatened. The fault is not with the elephant, he is just doing what comes natural 2 bull elephants..Kruger National Park, owes us bull should be shot dead, over what is natural behavior 4 bull elephants..The whole thing, shouldn't happen..Elephants should be left alone..Period.

. (0)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 5:46 pm
Congrats on your first story Shelli. II can only echo what others have stated already. This poor elephant died for something out of his control and nature is nature and people should know better. Sad bottom line.Tourism=money. Cost of animal life? Zero.

Shelli S (374)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 5:55 pm
Can anyone tell, i am passionate about elephants...Do ta do..(whistles)

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 5:58 pm
So wrong+totally senseless. In a time where elephants are being slaughtered at an alarming rate---this was very poor judgement--wrong call matter what behaviour it was exhibiting. Mankind must find a way to coexist with animals---STOP the painstaking killing to appease our sorry butts. This IDIOT should be fired. Thx Shelli

Athena F (131)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 6:00 pm

penny C (83)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 6:06 pm
So very sad.Thanks Shelli

Bob P (394)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 6:15 pm
Thanks Shelli

Gina Caracci (219)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 6:33 pm
damn people..leave animals alone!!!
he was in heat and didnt want to be we shoot humans for this?

That car was on his ass so its THEIR FAULT..Im sorry someone was hurt but they shouldnt have been so close

Im with the elephant..take THAT for all my family being slaughtered and for stealing MY land and for using ME and my cousins FOR PROFIT
RIP big guy..they had NO RIGHT TO KILL YOU..havent ENOUGH been killed ? isnt the point of that place conservation???

Constance F (418)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 7:11 pm
Just damn sad and tragic for wildlife because of our limited ignorant perspective and tyranny. Unfortunately this is too common. As soon as wildlife threatens or kills a human, no matter the circumstances ~ it's signaled out for execution.

Nancy Black (308)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 8:14 pm
Just proof that animals and man don't exist well together, manlwins because we have the guns.

Charmaine Shannon (38)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 8:48 pm
This is "TRAGIC"...... WRONG DECISION was made and the damage now is a DEAD BULL ELEPHANT !!!! These kind of things will continue to happen unless we have Better Protection for these ENDANGERED ANIMALS !!!! Glad that the couple are OK, VERY SAD that a MAJESTIC ELEPHANT is LOST !!

Shawna S (45)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 8:48 pm

Sharon Wardle (103)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 8:53 pm
Extremely sad

Wendy H (54)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 9:28 pm

Judith C (159)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 9:44 pm
It is not the elephant's fault. The people did not obey the sign in the park that says park visitors are to keep a safe distance from wild animals.

Carla van der Meer (648)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 9:45 pm
sadly noted.

Mary T (356)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 10:16 pm
not good, the elephant shoudn't have been put down, he was doing what an elephant does..thanks for sharing Shelli

Pam B (12)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 11:15 pm

Cindy Rhodes (106)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 11:21 pm
Total B.S.... to astounded & P.O'd to make a statement!!!!!! Noted, thank you Shelli!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 11:50 pm
Very sad story, but thank you for sharing it Shelli...

Wednesday January 15, 2014, 12:49 am
no (polite) comment... :((

Robert O (12)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 12:54 am
So heartbreaking. Thanks Shelli.

. (0)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 1:44 am
𝖘𝖔 𝖘𝖆𝖉 𝖋𝖔𝖗 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖕𝖔𝖔𝖗 𝖊𝖑𝖊𝖕𝖍𝖆𝖓𝖙, 𝖍𝖊 𝖜𝖆𝖘 𝖇𝖊𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖙𝖆𝖚𝖓𝖙𝖊𝖉 𝖇𝖞 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖉𝖆𝖒𝖓 𝖜𝖔𝖒𝖆𝖓 𝖆𝖓𝖉 𝖍𝖊𝖗 𝖈𝖆𝖗, 𝖘𝖍𝖆𝖒𝖊 𝖔𝖓 𝖍𝖊𝖗 𝖘𝖍𝖊 𝖎𝖘 𝖗𝖊𝖘𝖕𝖔𝖓𝖘𝖎𝖇𝖑𝖊 𝖋𝖔𝖗 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖉𝖊𝖆𝖙𝖍 𝖔𝖋 𝖙𝖍𝖎𝖘 𝖒𝖆𝖏𝖊𝖘𝖙𝖎𝖈 𝖆𝖓𝖎𝖒𝖆𝖑!! 𝖙𝖍𝖆𝖓𝖐𝖘 𝖘𝖍𝖊𝖑𝖑𝖎!

Kerrie G (116)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 2:41 am
Noted, thanks

kate K (481)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 3:02 am
They do not respect nature or animals

Sylvie A (190)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 3:47 am
Notée avec tristesse, merci.

Alan Lambert (91)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 4:06 am
It's a damned shame is what it is...

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 4:13 am

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 4:46 am
Would this happend if there was no tourists/humans there........?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 5:31 am
Personally, with all the elephants have to put up with, they just might be very sensitive to any movement. The elephant should not have been shot. Period. We have too many people and far too few Elephants.

Gabriella Serafino (92)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 5:36 am
ASSASSINS ! This make me cry. This make me cry.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 6:15 am
The elephant shouldn't have been shot dead. My husband, who was born and brought up in South Africa, told me this kind of behaviour can hapopen. It's due to testosterone, which makes me think that elephant was a male. The tourists should have been informed, full stop.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 6:21 am
Elephants should be left alone in the wild. Any photography should be conducted unobtrusively by professionals. This is not fair to the animals. We're constantly taking their territories and expecting them to act like humans. Are we just stupid or what?

Laurie H (818)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 6:38 am
THEY HAD NO BUSINESS KILLING THIS ELEPHANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They say he was becoming increasingly aggressive, I read previously?????? What must it be like to have your home invaded & even after giving them a warning, to be outright be "Ignored"??? (Knowing his body language is everything!!!! The tourists had NO CLUE what protocol is called for in this WILD TERRITORY!!!!!! Their advancing car that had NO BUSINESS being so close to him, just angers me!! Personally, I believe these "FUN, FOR PEOPLE"="Tourist Adventure's" can be a sad set-up for the wild animals, who are trying so hard JUST TO LIVE!!!~

Laurie H (818)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 6:41 am
PS= Thank you Shelli so much, for this great share!~~~~~The videos showed the truth~~ So Sad~~~

Sandi C (90)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 7:06 am
sadly noted.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 7:18 am
Sadly, no animal wins when in a conflict with a "human." Animals have no rights and are treated with disrespect (and even contempt) by humans. The tourists were in the wrong and had injuries and a bad-scare that should teach them not to do such a stupid thing again - getting so close to any wild animal will always have dire consequences. However, they got off quite lightly, the elephant has paid with its life... it is a story that is repeated whenever man imposes himself on the environment. Personally, I believe all animals have rights - as much as we do and this elephant was only beginning its adult life, with many possibilites... all taken away by ignorant humans. When will we wake up and recognise this... we are not evolved beings... that is something a long way from the human experience.
Thank you Shelli - I feel your pain for this poor bull elephant.

Intan Surya Dawood (3)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 8:04 am
Sadly noted.

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 8:25 am
Noted. Very sad, TY Shelli

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 8:29 am
This is hitting me hard. Elephants are incredible beings and they deserve to be left alone to live their lives.

All animals deserve to live and not be killed at every turn.

I'm so sad.
Thank you Shelli for posting. I know how you must feel. It's all wrong what is done to them!!!

Darlene W (289)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 8:34 am
Not meaning to offend anyone but when it comes to weapons it is not the weapons that kill it is the person that uses them--that person needs to wake up and look at the whole picture. No animal should be killed unless it is for survival. Blessings to all who care and love Mother Earth and her inhabitants.

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 9:04 am
No one has the right to take someone else life!

Kay F (550)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 10:19 am
He was in the mating season! Such a shame. There has been no death! Maybe you should drive at these times, not in the parks! I am in tears;(

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 10:24 am
I don't have enough information. I am sorry the elephant was killed and the people were hurt.

Frances Darcy (92)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 10:27 am
Tourists should not frequent the natural habitats of these animals in the wild.

Jill Vickerman (416)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 10:56 am
They would have been fine if they had either not tried to over take the Elephant who was ambling down th eroad quite happily...but they were impatient and broke the rule, they overtook Mr E and he stopped and turned around, they had time to then put foot and get out of range but they didn't, they just stopped there. I am sorry but I don't see what the elephant did wrong, and one of these people are a south African, they should know how to approach an elephant on the road, so the elephant was executed for nothing.

Amy L (112)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 11:23 am
I don't understand why they didn't close the park down when they knew the bull elephants were going through this phase or why they didn't at least post danger signs so that people out trying to look at the elephants could be informed of the danger. If they're vigilant over the park area how could they not kow the male elephants were going through musth. The elephant did not deserve to be murdered - he was only doing what comes naturally to male elephants. Once again humans were irresponsible, insensitive and incompetent and as a result an elephant paid the price with his life and a woman was injured. I'm sorry the tourist were injured - I doubt if they had know what was going on with the elephant they wouldn't have put themselves in a dangerous situation.

S S (0)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 11:29 am
Thank you.

Malgorzata Zmuda (202)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 1:05 pm
szkoda słonia

Lydia M (80)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 2:28 pm
Thanks for sharing this article Shelli.
Noted with Thanks.

...This could be considered Karma....

Pamela W (75)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 2:52 pm
Noted !! Too sad and ANGRY to post a comment !! Thanks for the post though, Shelli ........

Christine Stewart (134)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 4:48 pm
Sad news.

S J (124)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 5:16 pm
Sadly noted, thanks Shelli

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 6:11 pm
Way to protect an endangered species, wankers! LEAVE THE ANIMALS ALONE!

Lyn Romaine (108)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 8:57 pm
The elephant was only doing what a human would do. I feel sorry for the poor woman but she was in the elephant's territory and if the elephant was in HER territory he would have been shot because he was in the wrong place. So we can't feel like we have been done wrong when we wander off into THEIR territory and get demolished!!! That elephant should not have been shot and killed!!!

Bonnie S (27)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 11:19 pm
Yes, I thought a shoot to death should not have happened. If I were in that situation I may just get out the car and walk away slowly, or as others said reverse the car for a while and then get started driving away. Its very sad that this poor Elephant doing what Elephants do got shot dead! People should avoid getting close when an Elephant is aggressive (for a reason) temporarily Thank You Bonnie S.

Bridget Robertson (106)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 12:56 am
When will we learn that wild places are intended for the animal. We intrude, and the animal for whatever reason doesn't want the humans there. And then the animal gets killed. I am sorry that the people were hurt. I am appalled that humans still do not understand the real risks of entering into animals territory. And I am angry that the elephant was killed. Noted!

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 4:18 am
I hate humans. I'll never say it enough.

No logic, no justice, no respect, no compassion, no morals, no decency... JUST WHY THE HELL DO HUMANS STILL THINK THEY'RE SUPERIOR??? Someone help me understand 'cause my mind is going crazy.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 4:24 am
And is it wrong that I felt some kind of joy when I saw the elephant hitting the car and leaving it upside down?? Oh well, I guess I'm experiencing a new state of hate towards humans right now. I need to go hug a puppy before I explode. Then I need to do some meditation and try to exorcise the hatred out of my heart. Don't need that sh*t in my life. And humans ain't worth it anyway.

Will try everything to be calm and positive and find peace again...

Shelli S (374)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 8:39 am
I feel like this elephant could do no right..Man manipulating wildlife, 4 their convenience

Michael A (28)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 11:34 am

Jo S (619)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 1:50 pm
Noted & shared.
Very sad outcome!
Thanks Shelli.

cynthia l (207)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 12:30 pm
Wild places are for the wild animals stop encroaching on their space period! Great post Shelli
We would be better served if humans in musth were shot

Gina Caracci (219)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 1:51 pm
Cynthia said it perfectly!!

Phyllis P (232)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 3:11 pm's sad we have to shoot an animal for being itself. Mood swings and all. What would us menopausal women do...if it was us?

Süheyla C (234)
Tuesday December 9, 2014, 7:19 pm
Woooow You are King. People will know where to stop. To draw the border every living thing.

Süheyla C (234)
Tuesday December 9, 2014, 7:31 pm
Tortured people to animals. And I just watched. My heart was shattered. I never feel sorry for a big man. Except for children. I can not bear to see the death of an animal. Killing animals, no problem if the deceased person. I've also been a human monster. Thanks to the hunter.
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