Riff Raff the South African elephant dodges death sentence
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION A South African bull elephant called Riff Raff was facing a possible death sentence for encroaching on farmland before activists secured a reprieve.
Landowners in Hoedspruit near Kruger National Park had sought a court ruling to have the six-tonne bull elephant destroyed after he damaged their property.
Activists, who had tried to protect the elephant from angry landowners in 2017 by moving him away from the area only to find he wandered back, blocked a ruling against Riff Raff by saying it was natural for the animals to roam.
Many communities across Africa living in areas where elephants roam complain about damage to their land by the world's largest land mammals.
As many as 50 destruction permits were issued against trespassing elephants between 2016 and 2017 in South Africa, according to the Elephant Specialist Advisory Group.