Clement Mukwasi of the Employers Association of Tourism and Safari Operators hinted elephants can 'keep grudges' for many years against a handler if it has ever been mistreated during the process of training it for tourist rides.
He added: 'The profession of elephant handling is a high risk one and deaths happen.'We can confirm this sad incident which is the third in the last 10 years.' The elephant, who gave rides at Victoria Falls, was shot dead after trampling his handler to death just minutes before taking tourists out beside the famous Zambezi River.
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The victims' son Shepherd said: 'We were told my father was rounding up the elephant when he was attacked.
I don't know what we will do as he was the breadwinner.'I went with my fathers workmates to help pick up the scattered body parts'.
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Bankrupt Zimbabwe has been exporting dozens of young elephants to China in recent years for wildlife safari parks that have since been condemned by inspectors.
Tour operators at the Falls desperate to protect their livelihoods said the killing of the professional elephant handler was 'a freak accident - one in a million'.Victoria Falls District Chief Superintendent of police Jairos Chiwona said: 'I confirm we received a report of a man who was attacked and killed by a domesticated elephant'.The rogue elephant Mbanje was grazing with a female jumbo called Nkanyiso after a ride and was about to go out for another after a group of tourists arrived for a ride.This was one of our guides who had been working for us since 2005.'It's with deep regret that we advise that at 2.30pm on Saturday our domesticated elephant bull charged one of our staff that resulted in him losing his life.'Clement was an extremely competent member of staff who will be sorely missed' he said.Two years ago a curio-seller was trampled to death by an elephant which had strayed into a shopping centre in Victoria Falls which is on the border with Zambia.Old or young it doesn't matter long as you can hold a proper conversation and i promise to write back to all that write, but by write i mean more than hi, or hey.