The headline sounds much more interesting than the actual story. “Rogue” African elephants may soon hunt poachers:
Tembo was a killer who faced the death sentence for his “crimes.”
But the six-tonne bull elephant won a reprieve after a vet approached animal trainer Rory Hensman and asked him if he could mend Tembo’s wild ways.
Now tourists are taking rides on Tembo’s back in the bush at Dinokeng Game Reserve 100 km (60 miles) northeast of Johannesburg — proving that grown elephants can learn new tricks.
Tembo and some of his jumbo friends may also be put to work soon protecting their own kind as “all-terrain” vehicles in anti-poaching patrols.