Photographer trampled to death by a wild elephant after getting too close to its herd

Nov 11, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Photographer trampled to death by a wild elephant after getting too close to its herd

Nov 11, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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India’s West Bengal state has seen eight trampling deaths in the past ten days. The latest tragedy happened when a photographer got too close to a herd of wild elephants in an attempt to photograph them. This got the animals enraged, and one of the elephants crushed the photographer to death.

According to Daily Mail, Asish Shit, 35, was with a friend in the forests around the Atadihi area of Sankrail. He was reportedly taking photos of a wild herd of 12 elephants. Arup Mukherjee, the divisional forest officer, says that Shit got very close to the elephant that trampled him. “He was taken to the Bhangagarh hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival,” Mukherjee said.

As I mentioned, this wasn’t the first case of death by trampling in the same area. However, it also wasn’t the first time that a photographer gets killed by an elephant because he got too close. Last year, the same tragedy happened to a German tourist in Zimbabwe.

Sadly, people are known to do reckless things when they want to photograph animals (or take selfies with them). It sometimes results in hurting themselves or the animals, but there were cases when it even ended tragically. So, I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: be careful and respectful when taking photos of wild animals. This will spare both you and them from potential danger or tragedy.

[via FStoppers; image credits: V Srinivasan on Unsplash]

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11 responses to “Photographer trampled to death by a wild elephant after getting too close to its herd”

  1. Sergi Yavorski Avatar
    Sergi Yavorski

    There’s always a Darwin’s award waiting for the willing.

  2. John Shark Avatar
    John Shark

    No photo tutorial online or offline, mentions this secret knowledge I’m gonna share here, free of charge!!!
    DO NOT USE A FISHEYE NEAR WILD ANIMALS! ALWAYS USE THE ZOOM!! ?

    1. Michael Estwik Avatar
      Michael Estwik

      John Shark or, as professionals does, rig the camera and use a remote trigger. Sure, the camera might be destroyed in the process but the image will hopefully be worth it.

    2. Daniel Shortt Avatar
      Daniel Shortt

      You can do both.
      Look up David Yarrow’s Work.

  3. Franco Kailsan Avatar
    Franco Kailsan

    When I went to Kamera Skool. they taught us to use a macro lens to take picture of wild animals…

    1. Sergi Yavorski Avatar
      Sergi Yavorski

      This particular technique is called suicide by elephant

  4. Nenad Bravar Avatar
    Nenad Bravar

    Fooool..

  5. Duncan Dimanche Avatar
    Duncan Dimanche

    Mickael Goupil et Cyrielle Goupil… déconnez pas hein

    1. Duncan Dimanche Avatar
      Duncan Dimanche

      Cyrielle Goupil ?? ❤️

  6. Dajanaye Rollins Avatar
    Dajanaye Rollins

    But did he get the shot?

  7. Zol Straub Avatar
    Zol Straub

    Dare I say it … Shit happens … get it?