Sun. Jul 21st, 2019

Kruger National Park leopard kills staffer’s two-year-old son

leopard kruger national parkThe leopard was tracked down and killed.

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The Kruger National Park (KNP) has sent out its condolences to the family of the slain two-year-old boy who was killed by a leopard on Wednesday evening.

As reported by The Citizen, the leopard that mauled the staffer’s child was being habituated to people.

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Leopard kills Kruger National Park staffer’s son

However, for some unexplained reason, at around 20:00, the wild cat pounced on the young boy and killed him.

According to a statement issued by KNP’s chief executive, Fundisile Mketeni, by the time emergency services had come to rescue the boy, it was too late.

“The toddler was only 30 months old. The incident took place at 20:00 and the boy was certified dead by doctors at the Shongwe Hospital after being rushed there by family members.” Mketeni confirmed.

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He noted that working at the national park — although being a rewarding experience — was a risk for staffers who lived in its quarters.

“The change in natural behaviour can then lead to unfortunate incidents such as this. This is an unfortunate risk that staff experience when having to live and work in environments like the KNP. These events are very rare occurrences but always tragic when they do occur,” he said.

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Leopard tracked and executed

Mketeni confirmed that the leopard responsible for the brutal killing of the young boy was tracked down by a section ranger and, together with his lance corporal and regional ranger, he located and killed it before it could pose a danger to other humans.

“It is never easy to lose a loved one especially under such tragic circumstances, this is the risk we live with on a daily basis as we help conserve our species for the benefit of all. May the young toddler’s soul rest in eternal peace,” Mketeni said, on behalf of KNP.

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