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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Dangerous animals: Elephants

    While elephants domesticated by zookeepers or trainers can be fairly peaceful, lovable giants, abused animals and those encountered in the wild can be exceptionally dangerous creatures, especially when agitated.

    Are elephants dangerous animals?

    Known to be vindictive and occasionally unexpectedly experience bouts of rage, elephants are quite capable of killing someone when ‘the mood strikes them’. In India, rampaging or mistreated animals have killed hundreds of people and, according to ‘Elephant Rage’, a documentary by the National Geographic Channel elephant attacks are responsible for around 500 deaths every year.

    Decreasing habitats

    Continually shrinking habitats as a result of human expansion, culling and decades of poaching are not helping matters a great deal. Stanford University biologist Caitlin O’Connell-Rodwell believes being harassed and shot at in increasingly compressed areas is making these magnificent creatures more and more aggressive towards humans.

    Elephants on safari

    Safari companies have a legal responsibility to protect people in their care. This means preventing slips, trips and falls or transportation accidents, for instance, as well as being aware of the potential risks involved in encountering wild animals, including elephants.

    They must take the necessary precautions to prevent injuries by animals by:

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    • Making holiday makers aware of the risks
    • Ensuring tourists know when and when not to approach animals and how to act around or react to them in different situations
    • Using only experienced guides who know what to do if an animal attacks or an attack appears to be imminent

    Approaching elephant families or lone animals with utmost care, maintaining a safe distance at all times and knowing when it is best to remain still and quiet or when it is safe to move around or away from animals can ultimately prevent potentially severe or fatal personal injuries.

    Animal attack

    If you suffered an injury in a safari accident, whether this involved an animal attack, a vehicle accident or an injury by a slip, trip or fall and you were not responsible for your accident, you could qualify for a travel accident claim.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    Established in 2000, we are not a claims management company, but a legal firm with a nationwide legal team specialising in no-win, no-fee* personal injury claims. Boasting an impressive track record, we can help you obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve.

    Call our 24/7 helpline from your mobile on 0333 500 0993, or on 0800 689 0500 from your landline, now to receive more information.

    Date Published: April 6, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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