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Man taking selfie attacked by elephant in Kerala

Elephants graze inside Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, August 1, 2015. After the killing of Zimbabwe's best known lion, a second animal has been poached by a foreigner, a source said on Saturday as authorities banned big game hunting outside the park from which Cecil was lured to his death. Picture taken August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Thiruvananthapuram: A man who tried to take a selfie with an elephant was attacked by the jumbo, which was resting after a tiring day at a local temple festivities, and seriously injured.

The incident occurred in the wee hours of Wednesday at nearby Kilimanoor, police said adding the 37-year old man has been admitted to the medical college hospital here.

He had gone up to the elephant with a bunch of bananas and then started taking a selfie standing close to it.

The animal dealt a blow with his trunk and as the man fell down, gored him with his tusk, causing serious injuries.

Hearing his cries for help, mahouts, who were sleeping, and people nearby rescued him.