National 27.7.2016 10:12 am

Kruger ranger wounded in buffalo attack

Regional ranger Don English was wounded in the chest after he was attacked by a buffalo yesterday. Photo: Lowvelder

Regional ranger Don English was wounded in the chest after he was attacked by a buffalo yesterday. Photo: Lowvelder

Well-loved regional ranger Don English was tossed in the air by a buffalo yesterday after being charged at close quarters.

One of the Kruger National Park’s (KNP) regional rangers, Don English, was attacked and injured by a buffalo in the park yesterday at around 10:30, SANParks announced today. He had been conducting a routine buffalo sustainable off-take exercise, reports the Lowvelder.

During the exercise a bull charged English at very close quarters. It managed to hit him in the chest before throwing him repeatedly in the air. English managed to grab onto the horns during the attack and hung on for dear life until the buffalo eventually calmed down.

English was immediately attended to by a local doctor and airlifted by helicopter to Nelspruit Mediclinic where he is receiving further medical attention. Robyn Baard, spokesperson for Mediclinic, confirmed that he was in a stable condition.

KNP managing executive Glenn Phillips has extended his well-wishes to English on behalf of all staff at SANParks. “This is a huge blow for us as we are just four days away from celebrating World Ranger Day on Sunday, July 31. English, as the regional ranger, has been one of the leaders on the ground getting the ranger corps ready for this important event and we would like to wish him a speedy recovery.”

On January 14, a SANParks ranger was accidentally shot during an encounter with a buffalo.

Caxton News Service

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