Couple recovering from elephant attack

A couple is in a stable condition after an elephant flipped their car on Monday.

An African elephant. Picture: animal.nationalgeographic.com

JOHANNESBURG - A couple is in a stable condition after an elephant flipped their car in the Kruger National Park.

It is understood the elephant charged towards the couple on Monday while they were taking pictures.

The park's William Mabasa says the man sustained broken ribs and internal bleeding.

"In that process, they were thrown out of the vehicle. The elephant continued to trample on that vehicle so much that if they were not thrown out we could be talking fatalities now."

In another incident, a handler at an elephant sanctuary near Hartbeespoort Dam, in the North West, was crushed and trampled to death by two elephants.