Elephant kills Colombian researcher in Uganda

The elephant attack at Kibale was the first deadly incident at the park in 50 years, UWA said.

In Summary

• The elephant followed Sebastian and trampled on him leading to his death.

• Ramirez Amaya Sebastian, who is based at a university in the US, had been carrying out a routine research in the park forest.

Elephant kills Colombian researcher in Uganda
Elephant kills Colombian researcher in Uganda
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A Colombian researcher has died after being trampled on by an elephant in Uganda's Kibale National Park.

Ramirez Amaya Sebastian, who is based at a university in the US, had been carrying out a routine research in the park forest with an assistant when the incident happened, according to the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).

“They came across a lone elephant which charged at them forcing the duo to run in different directions. The elephant followed Sebastian and trampled on him leading to his death,” UWA’s spokesman Bashir Hangi is quoted as saying.

The elephant attack at Kibale was the first deadly incident at the park in 50 years, UWA said.

In January, a Saudi tourist was killed by an elephant at Murchison Falls, another park in the country, when he left the vehicle he was travelling in with friends.

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