Some 400 buffaloes have died in a mass drowning after stampeding into the Chobe river alongside the border between Botswana and Namibia, presumably whereas making an attempt to flee from lions, officers stated.
The Chobe river flows alongside the northeastern border of the Chobe Nationwide Parks, which is thought for the massive breeding herds of elephants, giraffes, sable and the African buffalo, making it a significant vacationer vacation spot in Southern Africa.
Preliminary investigation in Botswanaand Namibia recommend that an exceptionally massive herd was grazing in Namibia earlier than they stampeded into the river on Tuesday evening.
Namibia’s setting minister Pohamba Shifeta advised AFP information company that the incident, although “unlucky”, was as a consequence of pure causes.
About 1,000 buffaloes had struggled to recover from a river financial institution when the stampede began, he stated, including that three lions have been seen within the space.
“The reason for the stampede remains to be unsure and below investigation. Nevertheless, preliminary indications are that they have been being chased by a delight of lions,” a Botswana ministry assertion stated.
The ministry added that, regardless of the variety of animals concerned, this was “not an uncommon incidence” within the space, with mass drownings reported to have occurred earlier than within the Chobe river.
The meat from the lifeless animals is being donated to native communities, officers stated.