Elephant kills American tourist in Zambia

A US tourist from New Mexico was killed by an elephant in Zambia on Wednesday during a safari drive.

The elephant attacked Juliana Gle Tourneau, 64, pulling her out of her parked vehicle and trampling her, officials said.

Tourneau was part of a group that had stopped near the Maramba Cultural Bridge in Livingstone due to traffic caused by an elephant herd when one of the animals attacked, a police official told the Zambian national broadcaster ZNBC.

This incident marks the second fatal elephant attack on a US tourist in Zambia this year. In March, Gail Mattson, a 79-year-old woman from Minnesota, was killed during a game drive in Zambia’s Kafue National Park. During that incident, an elephant charged the truck, flipped it over, killed Mattson, and injured five others.

Rona Wells, Mattson’s daughter, wrote on Facebook that her mother died in a “tragic accident while on her dream adventure.” A video of the attack later went viral, showing an elephant charging towards the vehicle, flipping it over with its tusks.

Zambian authorities have urged tourists to exercise extreme caution while observing wildlife. Zambia’s neighbors, Zimbabwe and Botswana, have also raised concerns about increasing elephant populations and have recorded deadly elephant attacks in recent years.

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