US researcher attacked & killed by an elephant


A 29-YEAR-OLD researcher from the USA has been killed by an elephant in the Kafue National Park in Mumbwa, the police have said.
Margarita Metallinou was in the company of two male American researchers when the animal attacked them and killed her.


Central Province police commissioner Lombe Kamukoshi said in an interview yesterday that the elephant killed Ms Metallinou near Hook Bridge on Tuesday around 13:30 hours when the trio ventured in the park without game rangers.


Ms Kamukoshi said when Ms Metallinou saw the animal, she screamed and it charged at her while her colleagues managed to run away.
She said Jeffrey Weinell, 24, one of the male researchers, gave a statement to the police in Mumbwa about the incident and the death of Ms Metallinou.