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S. African Bull Elephant in Rut Destroys Volkswagen, Sapa Says

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- A South African bull elephant was killed by national parks personnel in the Kruger National Park after it trampled a blue Volkswagen and pushed the car for 400 meters (1,312 feet), Ike Phaahla, a parks spokesman said, the South African Press Association reported.

The animal turned on the car after a South Africvan couple driving it followed it to a water hole, Sapa said. It was put down because it was considered to be a danger to other tourists.

The elephant was in musth, a period of heightened testosterone likened to the rut experienced by stags, Sapa said. The condition usually results in the elephants becoming more agressive to both humans and other pachyderms.

The woman in the car was advised to go to hospital for observation while the man was said to be in shock, Sapa said. Their names were not disclosed.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net

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