NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan. 6 (UPI) — A U.S. woman and her infant daughter were killed by an elephant during a guided walk in the East African country of Kenya, a wildlife official said Wednesday.
A Kenya Wildlife Service spokeswoman confirmed the woman and her child were trampled by the wild animal on Monday during the forest hike, CNN reported. The identities of the two victims were not released.
Melia Van Leer, a spokeswoman for the nearby Castle Forest Lodge, said the elephant was traveling with a herd of nearly 20 elephants when the incident occurred.
No cause for the incident was released, but Van Leer confirmed elephants can act defensive when they suspect their young are possibly in danger.
Van Leer told CNN the area had previously not endured a tragic incident involving elephants since 2001.
“This area has wild animals, and I always warn my clients and everyone else to be aware of the danger,” she added. “But from now we won’t allow children out anymore. The young child could have been saved.”
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