20/09/2013 04:46 BST | Updated 19/11/2013 05:12 GMT

British Man Trampled To Death By Elephant In India

wildlife, big game, elephants, indian elephant herd from orphanage sanctuary at pinawella near kandy bathe in the maha oya river sri lanka.

A British man, reported to be in his 60s, has been trampled to death by an elephant at the Masinagudi National Park in Tamil Nadu, India.

The Foreign Office confirmed the death, saying: "We are aware of the tragic death of a British national in southern India and we are providing consular assistance at this difficult time."

There were conflicting reports about the moments leading up to the man's death.

He was killed after failing to hear guides and other tourists shout warnings to him as the elephant approached during a trek, it was reported.

Other accounts claimed the man was engrossed in his photography and did not hear two other elephants charge at him from behind.

An inspector at Masinagudi police station told the Times of India that officers had not yet inspected the area where the man was killed.

He said: "We will be able to ascertain whether the place is a reserve forest area or social forestry area only after we inspect the spot where the unfortunate incident happened.

"We will inspect the place overnight and will register a case accordingly."

Local guides sought help from the nearby Sagadevan resort, where the man - reported to be 67 years old and who had flown to the country from London - was staying.

He was treated at the local Masinagudi hospital before being transferred to Gudalur Government Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead, The Times reported.