A sexually charged elephant broke into a game park in South Africa and trampled a top safari ranger in a fatal rampage, according to reports.
Mark Lautenbach, a 33-year-old guide, died at Leopard Rock Lodge after a 13,000-pound elephant crushed him, according to a Wednesday report from the Daily Mail.
Officials blamed the male elephant’s aggressive behavior on the animal being in a heightened state of sexual tension known as musth, News24 reported.
Witnesses said the elephant broke through the fence and into the lodge’s tourist area in the Madikwe Game Reserve.
The animal repeatedly trampled the seasoned safari ranger as he tried to steer the elephant away from park visitors, according to reports.
“The news of Mark Lautenbach is terribly sad and devastating,” the Field Guides Association of South Africa (FGASA) wrote in a Facebook post. “Condolences from FGASA to the family.”
Friends took to social media Sunday to remember the safari guide.
“Taken too soon,” pal Dave Venter said on Facebook. “A kinder, more passionate man does not exist.”
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