US tourist dies in Zambia elephant attack, the second of the year

A tourist from the United States was murdered by an elephant in the Zambian city of Livingstone on Wednesday, the second such incident this year, according to local officials.

Officials reported on Friday that 64-year-old Juliana Gle Tourneau was killed after an elephant from the herd the tourists were observing attacked their car, threw Tourneau out, and stomped her.

She was part of a group that had halted near the Maramba Cultural Bridge owing to traffic caused by the elephant herd, they said.

Juliana Gle Tourneau, 64, of New Mexico, United States of America, died on Wednesday around 17.50 after being knocked from a parked vehicle that had stopped due to traffic caused by elephants around the Maramba Cultural Bridge,” Southern Province Police Commissioner Auxensio Daka told Zambia’s national broadcaster, ZNBC.

This is the second similar incident this year; another American tourist was killed in March during a game drive in a Zambian national park when an elephant charged a truck, tipped it over, and killed the tourist while injuring five other people.

Zambian authorities have urged travelers to take utmost caution when seeing animals around the country.

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