December 9, 2003 - Penn Live: Heather Uber killed while visiting Peace Corps daughter in Cameroon

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Cameroon: Peace Corps Cameroon: The Peace Corps in Cameroon: December 9, 2003 - Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Elephant kills mother visiting Peace Corps daughter in Cameroon : December 9, 2003 - Penn Live: Heather Uber killed while visiting Peace Corps daughter in Cameroon

By Admin1 (admin) ( - on Tuesday, December 09, 2003 - 11:00 am: Edit Post

Heather Uber killed while visiting Peace Corps daughter in Cameroon

Heather Uber killed while visiting Peace Corps daughter in Cameroon

Pittsburgh woman killed by elephant on trip to Cameroon

The Associated Press
12/9/2003, 8:53 a.m. ET

PITTSBURGH (AP) A charging elephant killed a Pittsburgh woman while she was visiting a wildlife park in Cameroon with her husband and daughter.

Heather Uber, 55, suffered internal injuries Thursday when she and another member of a tourist group were knocked down by an elephant that suddenly ran toward them, Uber's husband, Ned, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for its Tuesday editions.

"Everything happened so fast," Ned Uber said. "Heather ended up getting bumped by the elephant's tusk in the lower left abdomen. We all tried to run around a tree, but they're really fast compared to people."

It took nearly an hour to get Heather Uber out of the wildlife park and another two hours to get her to the nearest hospital in the city of Garoua. She died shortly after she arrived at the hospital, Ned Uber said.

The Ubers were in Cameroon visiting their 23-year-old daughter, Holly, who had been in the country with the Peace Corps since September 2002.

Ned Uber, who brought his wife's body back to Pittsburgh on Saturday, said the couple took precautions during their trip, first when they traveled to the village of Ngan-Ha, where their daughter was living, and then when they visited the wildlife park.

Ned Uber said he did not know whether the elephant that charged the group was a female protecting her young.

Bill Langbauer, Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium's director of science and conservation, has researched elephants in Africa over the last 20 years. He said it's dangerous to be too close to the animals.

"When they do act spontaneously like that, there are usually calves involved, or a male who is in 'must' when his testosterone (levels) are up and he goes into a rage," Langbauer said.

Copyright 2003 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Some postings on Peace Corps Online are provided to the individual members of this group without permission of the copyright owner for the non-profit purposes of criticism, comment, education, scholarship, and research under the "Fair Use" provisions of U.S. Government copyright laws and they may not be distributed further without permission of the copyright owner. Peace Corps Online does not vouch for the accuracy of the content of the postings, which is the sole responsibility of the copyright holder.

Story Source: Penn Live

This story has been posted in the following forums: : Headlines; COS - Cameroon; Safety and Security of Volunteers



Add a Message

This is a public posting area. Enter your username and password if you have an account. Otherwise, enter your full name as your username and leave the password blank. Your e-mail address is optional.