Stray Elephant Kills 32-Year-Old Man

A 32-year-old man was killed by a stray elephant in Kenya as he was traveling home on Monday.

The incident took place in the Oloirien area in the Trans-Mara West Sub-county, Kenya, at around 6:00 p.m. local time on Monday, according to the area's police commander, Hamisi Ganzala, who spoke to news service KNA.

Ganzala said that the man, Alex Nyagiekaro Ontobo, was fatally attacked by the elephant as he encountered it on his route home. The elephant is believed to have escaped from the nearby Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

Ontobo died at the scene and his body has now been moved to the St. Joseph Mission Hospital, where medical officials will undergo a post-mortem. The investigation into the death is being carried out by local police and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

KNA reported that several people have been killed by animals in areas surrounding the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, located in southwestern Kenya, over the years, while hundreds of livestock have lost their lives after being attacked.

The game reserve, which covers around 580 square miles, is world renowned for its populations of lions and African bush elephants, as well as for hosting the Great Migration.

This annual event involves millions of animals, including wildebeest and antelopes, migrating from the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara.

In August 2020, the BBC reported that Kenya's elephant population has more than doubled in size in the space of 30 years, going from 16,000 in 1989 to 34,000 by 2018.

Ontobo's death is the latest involving an elephant to be reported in Africa over the past month, as similar incidents occurred in Zimbabwe and in the Democratic Republic of Congo in June.

Matabeleland North police spokesperson Inspector Glory Banda confirmed to NewsDay Zimbabwe last month that Philemon Siampijo died on June 9 when he and his friend Abraham came "across a herd of elephants" while cycling.

The spokesperson said that the two men got off their bicycles and attempted to run away from the elephants, before one charged and went after Siampijo. He confirmed that the animal caught up to Siampijo and "trampled him until he died."

A few days earlier on June 4, a teenager was killed by a stray elephant in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after the animal ran towards a group of local residents when it felt threatened.

Desk Nature reported that the elephant charged after seeing the group of residents, causing them to run in several different directions to avoid being hit by the animal.

The elephant struck several people as it ran through the crowd in an attempt to escape, and after colliding with him, killed a 16-year-old boy holding a machete.

Newsweek has contacted the Kenya Wildlife Service for comment.

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File photo of a lone male elephant looking for the herd in the Tarangire Park in Tanzania. A 32-year-old man was killed by a stray elephant in Kenya as he was traveling home on Monday. bonafau/iStock / Getty Images Plus