A British soldier performing anti-poaching duties in Malawi has been killed by an elephant.
The incident, which took place on Sunday, May 5th, was confirmed in a statement from Britain’s Ministry of Defence.
Reports indicate that Guardsman Mathew Talbot, of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was on patrol in Liwonde National Park when he was killed.
His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Ed Launders, said on Tuesday that the 22-year-old soldier "was hugely proud of his work as a counter-poaching operator, and tragically died doing great good."
According to AP, some 30 British soldiers are currently in the southern African country. They are assisting rangers tasked with protecting endangered wildlife.
Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said Talbot's death "is a reminder of the danger our military faces as they protect some of the world's most endangered species from those who seek to profit from the criminal slaughter of wildlife."