A Zimbabwean man, Moses Ndlovu, who attempted to take a selfie with group of elephants has been trampled to death by the animal.

Matabeleland Police spokesperson, Inspector Philani Ndebele said 31-year old Ndlovu and his two friends, Mr Methuseli Sibanda and Mr Magezi Nyathi saw the elephants in a bushy area and tried to drive them to a clearing so that they could take photographs with them.

The incident occurred on Saturday at around 9a.m in Ndiweni area.

A statement released by Ndebele reads: “I can confirm an incident of a 31-year-old Bulilima man who was trampled to death by an elephant. Moses Ndlovu saw a herd of three elephants— two females and one bull — in a bushy area in Ndiweni Ward.

“He called his two friends who also stay in the same ward and they attempted to drive the elephants to a clearing at Bhagani Business Centre so they could take pictures with them,” Ndebele added.

Inspector Ndebele said the elephants charged towards the three men and while Ndlovu’s two friends escaped, he was not so lucky.

“The bull caught up with Ndlovu and trampled him to death while his two friends escaped unharmed. We assume that Mr Nyathi and Mr Sibanda thought their friend had also escaped as they didn’t report the matter,” the police spokesperson added.

He noted that Ndlovu’s body was found the following day by a passerby who reported the matter to the village head.