Leopard kills 2-year-old boy at South Africa park

The leopard has been put down to prevent it from attacking another person, Kruger National Park spokesperson Ike Paahla told ABC News.

"The Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET) has allocated field rangers to closely monitor the pride's movement prior action to be taken". Kruger National Park is located about 180 miles east of Pretoria.

The boy was rushed to Shongwe hospital by his family, where he was certified dead.

The animal managed to access staff living quarters and mauled the child of one of the park's employees.

"The KNP is a nature reserve and we have all sorts of animals here, many of which are risky".

Allegedly, lack of maintenance in various parks within the KNP contributes to incidents like this.

In a separate incident, a KNP staffer and his family are in mourning after a leopard killed their two-year-old boy in in Mpumalanga.

A source within the park said: "Often impala and other animals gather in the area near the home as they feel safer there when night falls, but unfortunately that brings with them predators like this leopard".

Ntimane said his wife returned to Bushbuckridge on Thursday while he waited at the cottage for the pathology report. "These events are very rare occurrences but always tragic when they do occur", said the statement.

A South African police spokesman said an inquest docket had been opened. The memory of it is all too painful'.

"In parks like the Kruger National Park, predators do interact with tourists and staff and at times it may result in species like leopard getting habituated to people and losing their fear", the statement read.

The South African National Parks said they were already observing a change in natural behaviour, saying that it is now an unfortunate risk that staff members have to live with.



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