Honeymooner Bride Tells Of Safari Elephant Trampling Terror

A bride has told how she was trampled by a rampaging six-tonne elephant while she was on her dream honeymoon at a Kenyan safari reserve.

Terrified Ely Fernandez had been watching a family of tuskers with a calf accompanied by a ranger as they walked through the luxury camp’s grounds on 20th September.

Then, without warning, one of the huge beasts turned on them.

Vet Ely, from Mallorca, Spain, later took to her TikTok blog to reveal her horror when the elephant charged straight at her.

She said: “As soon as I went up the hill, I saw the family of elephants, and one of them suddenly came running towards us.

“The ranger grabbed me and started shouting, ‘Run, run’.”

But Ely tripped and fell to the ground and was left behind by the terrified ranger.

Ely went on: “The other guy kept running and I stayed in front of the elephant.

“The only thing I could think of was to stay on the ground, curl up into a ball and say, ‘For God’s sake don’t smash my head in’. ”

She said that the elephant then gave her “the beating of my life”.

She added: “A kick on one side and a kick on the other.”

Ely only survived, she believes, because she played dead.

But photos taken in her luxury tent at the 3,000 Euro-a-week Elatia Mara Camp show her covered in bruises after the horrifying battering.

Ely is seen with a huge black eye, cuts to her head, and deep, dark bruises to her leg.

Some photos show her apparently being airlifted out of the camp to a hospital for emergency treatment.

Ely said: “I’m all bruised up. My chest hurts, my left kidney… I have bumps and bruises all over.

“I was lucky. It’s a miracle I’m alive.”

She added: “I’m amazed because with the tonnes that animal weighs, I don’t know why I don’t have anything broken.”

The hotel offered them wine as compensation for the bad experience, according to local media.