Mathew Talbot (UK Ministry of Defense)

A British soldier was killed by an elephant during an anti-poaching operation in Malawi, government officials said.

Guardsman Mathew Talbot, 22, was "carrying out vital counter-poaching work" when his death occurred, Ministry of Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said in a statement on Twitter.

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AP photo by Christophe Ena

Last year, the world mourned the death of Harambe, the silverback gorilla shot by a zoo worker after manhandling a small boy who’d fallen into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. Now, he’ll be joined in the afterlife by another majestic beast slaughtered in captivity.

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