A 69-YEAR-OLD British tourist was trampled to death by an elephant in India on Thursday (September 20) as he was engrossed in taking photographs, according to reports.

 

The tourist, named as Collins, was near the wildlife resort town of Masinagudi in Tamil Nadu.

 

He was taking a photograph of an elephant in a river when two others attacked him from behind.

 

Collins was “fully focused” on taking pictures and did not hear warnings from other tourists.

 

One of the elephants trampled his legs and abdomen, the report said. He was rushed to hospital but pronounced dead.

 

Indian elephants can grow up to 6.4 metres in length and 3.5 metres in height, according to the World Wildlife Fund. They can weigh up to five tonnes.

 

They are endangered, with just 25,000 left in the wild, according to WWF.

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