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Kruger National Park elephant attack: Footage shows car being flipped over

Footage has emerged of a car being repeatedly flipped over by an elephant while a British couple were inside.

Sarah Brooks, a teacher from Lincolnshire, is thought to have been stabbed in the leg when the elephant's tusk penetrated the car.

The incident was filmed by a passenger in a car behind the couple at the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Miss Brooks was treated in hospital for her injuries but has since been discharged.

William Mabasa, general manager at Kruger National Park, confirmed that the amateur footage posted on YouTube showed the elephant attack that happened on 30 December.

"The couple was driving behind this elephant on a gravel road around the Kruger area," he said.

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Image caption A man was injured and this car was damaged in a similar attack last year

"As they were driving behind the elephant, probably also taking a video of the elephant in front of them, the elephant apparently decided to turn around.

"Unfortunately they switched off the engine - because if you minimise noise an elephant would not attack you - [but] unfortunately the elephant attacked."

The elephant has since been killed.

"Unfortunately we had to put down the elephant because we did not understand the behaviour," said Mr Mabasa.

They then discovered that the male elephant had been "on musth", a periodic condition where testosterone levels rise and elephants become more aggressive.

He said there had been two other similar cases where elephants have attacked cars in the last four years.

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