KWS Officers Kill Elephant to Rescue Passengers

  • An image of an elephant taken playing with soil
    An image of an elephant taken playing with soil
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  • Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers were forced to kill an elephant to rescue the passengers that were stuck in a private vehicle.

    Voi Sub-county Police Commander Bernstein Shari on Tuesday, August 31, stated that the passengers were stuck after their car hit the elephant which then fell on the vehicle. 

    Officers responding to distress calls said they found the injured elephant on top of the vehicle. KWS officers were forced to kill the animal and pull the passengers to safety.

    According to police, the elephant was hit by the vehicle along Mombasa road near Tsavo National Park on Monday night as it was crossing the road.

    Vehicle that knocked down an elephant on Monday night, August 30
    Vehicle that knocked down an elephant on Monday night, August 30
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    The driver hit one elephant and it fell on top of the vehicle leaving the passengers with minor injuries.

    Its injuries were minor but the wild animal was spooked by the incident and there was fear it would attack the passengers. 

    Police told journalists that the passengers were taken to Moi County Referral Hospital in Voi where they received treatment and were released.

    The officers did not however confirm whether the accident victims will be seeking compensation from the government over the accident.

    The Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, the Government of Kenya compensates for crop destruction, death, injury, destruction of property and livestock predation that has been caused by wildlife.

    An affected person is required to report the incident to the nearest Kenya Wildlife Service station within 24 hours of occurrence then an officer verifies the claim and issues the claimant with a compensation form. 

    Depending on the type of damage, different government officials are involved in the verification process.

    Cases that involve human death or injury are handled by medical officers and the National Police officers (NPS) while cases involving property damage are dealt with by land officers and valuation officers.

    A dead elephant along Mombasa Road in Voi on Monday, August 30
    A dead elephant along Mombasa Road in Voi on Monday, August 30
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