Another life was lost last Thursday to a wild animal at Ndorotsha, a settlement 25 km from Seronga village in the North West District.
The incident comes barely a week after a man was killed by a lion close to the same area.
Acting Station Commander of Seronga Police Station Assistant Superitandant Gaolapelwe Phaphe told The Voice that the deceased was attacked by an elephant on her way back from fetching water at a nearby river at around six in the evening.
He said the deceased was with two other people who were accompanying her when they saw the elephant which had two young ones heading towards their direction. “When the elephants were getting closer to them she asked her friends to go back to their place because she feared that they may be attacked.”
Phaphe said that the deceased tried to run but the animal gave chase. When it caught up with her, it lifted her up and threw her some distance away leading to her instant death.
Regional Wildlife Officer Bolt Othomile said that they are still looking for the elephant which killed the deceased. “An animal changes behaviour after killing a person and our officers will manage to locate it even if it’s amongst others,” said Othomile.
He also advised people to avoid going to the river in the late hours as that is when animals also go drinking.
He said that last week another family in Ditshiping area were attacked by elephants but managed to survive without any injuries.
Meanwhile a 19 year old man is nursing hand injuries after he was attacked by a lion at Ndorotsha two weeks ago. Phaphe said that the man found the lion eating his calf and he tried to attack it but ended up injured.