Mass drown­ing of buf­faloes

The Herald (South Africa) - - News -

More than 400 buf­faloes be­lieved to have been chased by li­ons drowned in a river in north­ern Botswana this week, the govern­ment said.

The mass drown­ing oc­curred on Tues­day night in the Chobe River on the bor­der with Namibia.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions by au­thor­i­ties in both coun­tries “sug­gest that an ex­cep­tion­ally large buf­falo herd was graz­ing in Namibia when they stam­peded into the Chobe River”, Botswana’s en­vi­ron­ment min­istry said.

“Ini­tial in­di­ca­tions are that they were be­ing chased by a pride of li­ons,” it said.

“It is es­ti­mated that more than 400 an­i­mals drowned due to the mas­sive move­ment of buf­falo tram­pling, and fall­ing from steep river banks.” –

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