Nairobi - An elephant trampled on and killed a British honeymooner during a guided nature walk with his wife in Kenya's famed Maasai Mara National Reserve, officials said on Monday.
Newlywed Patrick Smith, 34, was killed on Sunday near the exclusive safari camp where he and his wife were staying in the wildlife-rich park, about 220km south-west of Nairobi, they said.
The pair were walking with an experienced Maasai guide when a group of elephants they spotted downwind were spooked, according to the Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
The elephants "showed no signs of aggressive behaviour but were apparently startled by something, causing them suddenly to rush towards the walking party who were caught up their path", said KTB chairperson Jake Grieves-Cook.
"The wife and the guide were unharmed but the husband was attacked by one of the elephants and was killed," he said in a statement.
"This was truly a tragic accident and on behalf of the tourism fraternity in Kenya we wish to express our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the wife and family of the visitor who died in this unprovoked attack," he said.
KWS spokesperson Connie Maina called the incident a tragedy and noted Smith and his wife had been married for only a week.
"They were on their honeymoon," she told reporters. "The man's wife saw everything, she was shaken but not injured."
Maina said the incident occurred in the reserve's Ochooirua Conservancy about 300m outside Richard's Camp, a luxury safari destination in the north-west part of the Maasai Mara, where the couple were staying. - Sapa-AFP