By Amanda Xoagus – Windhoek, Namibia, Friday, September 18, 2020.
A cattle herder and his two friends have miraculously survived a Leopard attack at a farm close to Usakos in the Erongo region of Namibia, Monday September 14, 2020, National Telegraph can confirm.
The trio sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries during the attack, sources familiar with the matter said.
Detective Inspector Daniel Gurirab from the Namibian Police said the cattle herder Esegiel Pitifo, 48 came face to face with the leopard while herding goats at the farm.
“The leopard was attacking one of the goats he was herding. Pitifo then tried to rescue the goat and wrestle with the leopard. He miraculously survived the attacked and was only bitten on his arm,” Gurirab explained.
According to Gurirab, Pitifo despite the danger he was finding himself in, managed to use his cellphone and called two of his friends Frans Garoeb (39) and Enrico Goraseb (40) for assistance.
“However, the two were also attack by the leopard. Goraseb sustained serious injuries on the head and the right arm while Garoeb was bitten on the head and sustained an open wound,” Gurirab said.
The leopard on the other hand managed to get away from the three men. It is not clear whether the men had any weapons.
They are currently being treated at the Usakos state hospital.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment Forestry and Tourism, Romeo Muyunda, told journalists that officials of the ministry are currently and are also busy tracking the leopard.
“We have so far established that the leopard has two cubs and the ministry is considering capturing and relocating the leopards to an area where they are less likely to cause problems,”Muyanda said.
He added that the ministry will also assist the three men to access the human wildlife conflict fund.
According to the revised policy, injuries with no loss of body part is paid at N$10 000; injury with loss of body part at N$30 000 and disability paid at N$50 000.