swara-campAn Italian man on tour in a Kenyan National Park was killed by an elephant as he attempted to take a perfect picture, police said.

“He was attacked not far from his tent while photographing it,” a police officer, who asked not to be named, told AFP.

According to the officer, Ferdinando Mocciola, 66, “sustained serious injuries and died before he could be taken to hospital.”

The accident happened at the Swara Camp in Tsavo East National Park, and was confirmed by the Malindi police chief Muchangi Mutawa, who did not disclose more details.

The tourist had reportedly moved from his tent close to the elephant to take a picture of the animal, which was near the Sabaki River.