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Leopard mauls to death the two year old son of Kruger National Park worker in staff quarters

Leopard mauls to death the two year old son of Kruger National Park worker in staff quarters

  • The boy was attacked in the technical service just inside the Malelane gate
  • He was immediately rushed to the hospital, but was declared dead on arrival
  • The female leopard was tracked down and shot by a Kruger ranger

A two-year-old boy was clubbed to death by a leopard who stalked and then attacked him in the living quarters of his family in South Africa's famous Kruger National Park.

The frightened young person was repeatedly bitten in the neck and body, and although his parents brought the blood-soaked boy to the hospital, nothing could be done to save his life.

Doctors at the Shongwe Hospital in Mpumalanga, where the affected boy was admitted, declared him dead on arrival.

The incident occurred in the technical service just inside the Malelane gate to the Kruger and the female leopard was tracked down and shot by a Kruger game keeper.

A two-year-old boy died after being stalked and attacked by a leopard in the technical services area just inside the Malelane gate of Kruger National Park in South Africa

A two-year-old boy died after being stalked and attacked by a leopard in the technical services area just inside the Malelane gate of Kruger National Park in South Africa

Mr. Fundisile Mchaini, the Chief Executive Officer of South African National Parks, said: “Our prayers are with the family and we wish them strength and they already have our support.

& # 39; It is an unfortunate risk that our staff will experience when living and working in animals such as KNP, but these events are very rare but always tragic when they occur.

& # 39; This is the risk we face every day, as we contribute to the preservation of our many species for the benefit of everyone. May the soul of the young toddler rest in eternal peace. & # 39;

Press spokesman Ike Phaahla said: “When we heard of the incident, two of our rangers went looking for the animal and it was shot to remove the danger of another victim.

& # 39; There is interaction between animals and visitors to the KNP and this can cause species like a leopard to get used to people and lose their fear of them.

A camouflaged leopard climbs a tree in Kruger National Park (file image). The leopard that attacked the two-year-old boy was shot and killed by a ranger

A camouflaged leopard climbs a tree in Kruger National Park (file image). The leopard that attacked the two-year-old boy was shot and killed by a ranger

A camouflaged leopard climbs a tree in Kruger National Park (file image). The leopard that attacked the two-year-old boy was shot and killed by a ranger

& # 39; The change in natural behavior can then lead to unfortunate incidents such as this, & # 39; he said.

The leopard attacked the boy on Wednesday at 8 p.m. and his name is withheld until the next of kin are informed.

A source in the Kruger National Park said the boy lived with his parents in a fenced area and that the father technician was on call to help repair tourist facilities that break down.

He said: & # 39; often impala & # 39; s and other animals come together near the house, because they feel safer there when night falls, but unfortunately that brings with it predators like this leopard.

& # 39; The KNP is a nature reserve and we have all kinds of animals here, many of which are dangerous and unfortunately has a risk complex for the staff protecting the animals.

Mr. Fundisile Mchaini, CEO of South African National Parks (photo), talked about his sadness after the boy's death and said: “Our prayers are with the family and we wish them strength and they all have our support & # 39 ;

Mr. Fundisile Mchaini, CEO of South African National Parks (photo), talked about his sadness after the boy's death and said: “Our prayers are with the family and we wish them strength and they all have our support & # 39 ;

Mr. Fundisile Mchaini, CEO of South African National Parks (photo), talked about his sadness after the boy's death and said: “Our prayers are with the family and we wish them strength and they all have our support & # 39 ;

& # 39; The leopard came in in the dark and reached the boy and to be honest, what happened quickly passed when the leopard was chased away, but the boy suffered terrible injuries.

& # 39; He barely lived when he was placed in the truck, but by the time he reached the hospital it was too late.

& # 39; The leopard had to be traced and killed because it had attacked a person and was now a danger to others. It was an opportunistic attack and luckily this is a very rare event. & # 39;

The Kruger National Park in Northeast South Africa is on 2 million hectares and is home to many species, including the Big Five of elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard.

There are around 10,000 leopards roaming wild in the Kruger National Park along with many other deadly predators.

A male leopard can weigh up to 90 kilos and walk at almost 40 km / h and uses its powerful jaws and claws to kill and can kill an animal that is sometimes three times the size of an animal.

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