Two People Killed By Lion And Elephants Respectively

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A 37-year-old man of Thololamoro cattle post in the Ngami area was mauled to death by a lion at Moruleng cattle post on Sunday morning, while another was trampled to death by a herd of elephants at Xuxau cattle post.

Sehithwa Police Station Commander Superintendent Nshaki Mabophiwa told The Ngami Times that they received a report about the incident from their post in Tsau in the afternoon of the same day.

The incident reportedly occurred when the deceased alongside his brother had gone to hunt the said animal which had killed their livestock the previous day.    

According to Mabophiwa, the duo on Saturday night discovered that their donkey had been killed by a lion leaving behind its colt. The following morning, they also heard a lion roar from the side where the younger donkey was left and the two went towards the direction of the sound where upon arrival they found out that the offspring had also been killed.

They then started tracking the lion in the nearby bushes, and the deceased was armed with a .375 Rifle. On finding the animal, the deceased fired the first shot, but missed and managed to hit it with his second shot, but the vicious animal still approached the deceased.

Mabophiwa said that as the man was still trying to load the third bullet the lion attacked and killed him while his younger brother ran for his life and called for help. The deceased who suffered multiple injuries on the head was later rushed to Tsau clinic where he was certified dead.

The Station Commander indicated that his body is currently lying at Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital mortuary awaiting post mortem.

Meanwhile Mabophiwa revealed that efforts by wildlife officers to track down the lion proved futile. “The officers traced the animal but they lost track and gave up the search,” he said.

Mabophiwa has since warned members of the public especially farmers, living in areas infested with animals to refrain from trying to hunt them by themselves in retaliation of their killed livestock, but instead engage the Department of Wildlife and National Parks for assistance. 

In a separate incident, a 48-year-old man of Xuxau cattle post was also reportedly trampled to death by a herd of elephants on Sunday evening.

Maun Police Station Commander Superintendent Dennis Zilawe confirmed that the deceased alongside two other men had on that fateful day gone inside buffalo fence near cattle post in search of their livestock.

Along the way, they were approached by a herd of elephants and while the other two ran for their lives the deceased is said to have tried to hide behind the trees but unfortunately he got trampled by the animals.

 The other two reported the matter to members of the BDF who were on patrol nearby and the deceased was later taken to Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital where he was certified dead upon arrival.

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