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The first elephant in 18 years was spotted this weekend in South Africa’s Northern Cape in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park by one of the park’s officials.

© Micho Ferreira
© Micho Ferreira

According to Nadia Lemmetuis, spokesperson for the arid areas of SANParks, the sighting of the animal is something extremely special. She told Netwerk24 that the officials at SANParks will be reminiscing over the sighting for the next few years to come.

Lemmetuis said the elephant was spotted about 50km north of the Mata-Mata rest camp, close to the Namibian border, where it was walking in a south-easterly direction.

On Monday morning the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park confirmed that the elephant knocked down a border fence into Namibia, and entered the neighbouring country. It has not been seen since.

SANParks speculates that the bigfoot is originally from Botswana, but trekkers are tracing back its footsteps to determine exactly it has travelled from.

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