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21 Feb 2015
2:25 pm

Elephants shot and killed in Zim


Two elephants have been shot dead just outside Bulawayo in Zimbabwe and locals have sliced them up for meat, according to eyewitnesses and media reports on Saturday.

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The local B-Metro tabloid said the pair were shot dead on Thursday in the Umguza area, 15kms from the city centre. A third elephant managed to get away, according to the report.

“Villagers feared for their safety so it was decided they should be eliminated to avoid human-animal contact,” the newspaper reported.

A groom from The Southern Equestrian Centre stables in Bulawayo reportedly saw three elephants in the back paddock of the property early on Thursday morning.

An eyewitness told a Sapa correspondent that: “Police shot two [elephants] by MacDonald Bricks and said to people they could come for meat.

The B-Metro reported that when it arrived at the scene around 6.30pm “about 200 knife-wielding men, women and children were vigorously slicing the two elephants.”

Resident Sikhumuleli Ncube told the paper: “This is unbelievable. I won’t buy meat for the next two months. This is manna from heaven.”

Other locals drove to the scene with trucks so they could transport the meat home.