National 18.8.2016 06:17 pm

Lion mauls 12-year-old Free State boy to death

A male lion. Photo: AFP Photo / Stephane de Sakutin

A male lion. Photo: AFP Photo / Stephane de Sakutin

A 12-year-old orphan was mauled by lions at the Otavi Farm in Parys on Thursday, Free State police said.

It is alleged that the deceased, Nkalamelo Latha, accompanied one of the farm workers to the farm.

Police spokesperson Captain Livhuhani Hani said the farm worker entered the lion’s enclosure with Latha and the lions escaped from their feeding area and attacked the farm worker and the boy.

“The farm worker managed to escape without injuries however Lutho was not so fortunate as he was attacked by lions and succumbed to his wounds.”

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Hani said Lutho was an orphan who was residing with his sister and her husband who is a supervisor at the Otavi farm.

Police were still investigating the incident.

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