Rogue elephant kills 2 brothers

Johannesburg - An elephant at the Balule Nature Reserve in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, has killed a reserve worker after killing his brother the week before, it was reported on Monday.

Nelson Bango was searching for the elephant which killed his brother William, when it attacked him on his motorbike at around 17:00 on Monday, The Star newspaper reported.

"Nelson stalled the bike and then tried to run from the elephant, but after 100 metres the elephant caught him, and to our immense horror killed him," Balule chairperson Anthony Dott told the newspaper.

William was trampled and gored to death while laying a water pipe close to owner Steven Hearne's camp.

"We are shocked that this bull has killed another of our workers, and we find it unbelievable that William's brother was the victim," said Hearne.

"Nelson had barely returned from his brother's funeral."

After William was killed, the reserve reportedly used a helicopter and trackers to find the bull and kill it. They searched for a week without any luck.

According to the newspaper, following Nelson's death, the reserve redoubled its efforts to kill the bull. They eventually found it around 11:00 on Tuesday and the elephant was killed from the helicopter.

The game reserve believes that growths on the elephant's trunk may have caused it discomfort, and that it could have been treated aggressively by humans in the past. It was also in musth, a period of hypersexuality and aggression caused by hormones.

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angelanair3 2013-03-07 09:32:39 AM
How sad. I hope the animals wont be killed? But sadly it will be? I feel so sorry for the humans - but this is a wild animal and should be left alone in its own habitat.......
Riaan Redvox Roetz 2013-03-07 09:49:20 AM
Why kill the animal in a reserve??????? WTF is wrong with this country?
Riaan Redvox Roetz 2013-03-07 09:51:19 AM
Boycott these idiots at Balule Nature Reserve! Yes the elephant killed a's an animal. It didn't have an agenda or mugged the victim, why h why would you kill it?
Tanya Booysen 2013-03-07 09:54:20 AM
Condolences to the family and friends of the boys I don't understand why the elephant had to be killed.
Evon Nieman 2013-03-07 09:54:29 AM
Elephants do not forget?
msawenkosi.buthelezi 2013-03-07 09:59:54 AM
Its a standard procedure that whene an animal has killed a human being being, it be be put down humanely. It was supposed to be killed immediately after killing the firtst person but I guess the owner was only worried about the loss of his/her investment.
Israel 2013-03-07 10:00:41 AM
Sad story - this elephant should have been treated for the growth in his trunk
Lynda Pitcher 2013-03-07 10:16:31 AM
he is an elephant in pain......the workers were in the wrong place at the wrong time, not the ellie's fault surely
Jaques Du Plessis 2013-03-07 10:24:43 AM
Bloody idiots.. killing an inoscent animal for protecting hes property..
Jaques Du Plessis 2013-03-07 10:27:41 AM
Bloody Idiots.. Why kill an Elephant that is protecting he's ground..