It is an unmissable photograph opportunity for English travelers in Africa – the shot to ride on an elephant But Michael what’s more, Lorna Denyard, on a safari occasion to stamp their retirement, were cleared out with a Or maybe less allu

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April 2007
It is an unmissable photograph opportunity for English travelers in Africa – the shot to ride on an elephant

But Michael what’s more, Lorna Denyard, on a safari occasion to stamp their retirement, were cleared out with a Or maybe less alluring trinket of their experience: a few broken bones what’s more, a remain in serious care

Former Cadbury official Mr Denyard, 50, what’s more, his wife, 49, were in healing facility with ‘severe injuries’ after toppling from an elephant’s back as it were a day after arriving in South Africa for a 17-day trip

The Denyards were going by the Elephant Haven at Hartbeespoort, an hour west of Pretoria, with another English couple what’s more, chosen to wrap up off their morning visit with a bareback ride on one of its six safeguarded elephants

The mammoth lay down to permit the couple to mount, yet as it stood up, they were tossed off-balance what’s more, slammed to the ground

The match experienced crisis surgery on Thursday night: Mrs Denyard for different breaks to her pelvis what’s more, legs, what’s more, Mr Denyard for a crushed leg Both are likely to remain in concentrated mind for a few days

Speaking from his bed at the Sunninghill Hospital, a shaken Mr Denyard said: “It was lovely clear from the way we hit the ground that we weren’t going to get up I thought I’d broken both legs ”

Witnesses said the elephant’s coach was too unseated in the accident, yet haven proprietor Craig Saunders demanded the elephant had not carried on erratically

Mr Saunders denied the mischance could have been avoided by the utilize of a saddle or, on the other hand stirrups “In my experience, in the event that the foot gets gotten in a stirrup, it’s got its claim set of problems,” he said

To compound matters, the Denyards were almost turned away by two private clinics – one for crisis treatment what’s more, one for surgery – since their travel protection was not perceived in South Africa

Only after companions ventured in with money what’s more, credit cards to ensure installment were the couple admitted

Experts guaranteed this was not extraordinary in South Africa, what’s more, encouraged holidaymakers to get affirmation in composing from their guarantors that their arrangement secured their destination

In 2005, English gap-year understudy William Andrew, 18, maintained genuine head wounds after being thumped over by an elephant he was making a difference to prepare at a South African safari centre

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