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Tragedie in die Kruger Wildtuin

Brackenfell, Weskaap
Submitted by Len Loader on Thu, 06/06/2019 - 13:59
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'n Tragedie het om afgespee in die personeeldorp van Malelane ruskamp in die Kruger Wildtuin.  Hier is Sanparke se amptelike persverklaring :-

Media Release: Leopard kills staff members child

06 June 2019

Kruger National Park (KNP) can confirm that a leopard killed a staff member’s son last night (05 June 2019) at the Malelane Technical Services living Quarters. The toddler was only thirty months old. The incident took place at 20H00 and the boy was certified dead by doctors at the Shongwe hospital after being rushed there by family members.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of South African National Parks, Fundisile Mketeni has extended his condolences to the family of the deceased saying “our prayers and thoughts are with the family during this trying time, we wish them strength and will give them all the support they need as an organisation. 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 concluded.

Immediately upon hearing of the incident, the Section Ranger, his Lance Corporal with help from the Regional Ranger went out to search for the animal. The offending animal was found and shot dead to remove the danger of another person falling victim.

In parks like the KNP predators do interact with tourists and staff and at times it may result in species like leopard getting habituated to people and losing their fear. 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.

KNP Management has sent a delegation to the family to give moral support and professional counselling will be provided to all involved. The name of the deceased has been withheld and will be released once all family members have been notified.

Issued by:
Communications & Marketing Department: Kruger National Park

Brackenfell, Weskaap

Len Loader

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 17:28

...............ook nie Willem, want dit was al 8nm.  Meer inligting sal dalk later bekend word.

Daar was eergister ook 4 hiënas wat amok gemaak het in Letaba se kampterrein opsoek na kos.  Glo onder die draad deurgekruip waar grond  uitgespoel het na die onlangse reën.  Julle is mos in September oppad soontoe.

Brackenfell, Weskaap

Len Loader

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 20:34

.....................geen probleem nie Willem.  Ons drie kinders het al die jare in 'm add-a-room in die Wildtuin geslaap.  A add-a-room is veilig van slange en sulke gediertes met sy ingeboude grondseil en deur wat behoorlik toezip.  Veiligheidshalwe hou die deur ook deur die dag toegeszip.

Die geval 'n klompie jaar terug toe 'n hiëna 'n tiener in Krokodilbrug bygekom het, het hy in 'n oop tent geslaap en dis natuurlik moeilikheid soek.

Gelukkig het julle 'n toilet in die Exclusive, maar die goue reël is moet nooit alleen en sonder 'n flits in die nag na die ablusie toe loop nie.

Ns.  As julle dalk 'n "walky talky" het of een van daardie baba-monitors, behoort dit baie gerusstelling te gee dat hy OK in sy eie "kamer" is.

Al die jare wat ek wiltuin toe gegaan het het ek nooit kinders alleen laat loop nie en in nag het hulle my wakker gebel as hulle moes loop. Hulle is veilig in tent