Lions are suspected of DROWNING 400 buffalo by chasing them into river

Lions are suspected of DROWNING 400 buffaloes by chasing them into a river in Botswana

  • Botswana’s government stated ‘they were being chased by a pride of lions’
  • The stampede trampled each other and fell on the Chobe River’s steep banks
  • Massive drowning took place after the herd were driven from nearby Namibia
  • Locals began harvesting their carcasses as the discovery was made on Tuesday 

More than 400 buffaloes believed to have been chased by lions drowned in a river in northern Bostwana this week, the government said.

The mass drowning occurred in the Chobe River near the border with Namibia.

Early investigations by authorities in both countries ‘suggest that an exceptionally large buffalo herd was grazing in Namibia when they stampeded into the Chobe River,’ Botswana’s Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism said in a statement late Wednesday.

‘Initial indications are that they were being chased by a pride of lions,’ the ministry said.

A long line of buffalo carcasses float by the edge of the River Chobe on the border between Namibia and Botswana

Three local men on a skiff collect the carcasses of buffaloes which have drifted downstream

Dead buffaloes lie with their heads submerged on the banks of the River Chobe after they are suspected to have been driven in a stampede by a pride of lions

Locals gather with trucks and SUVs at the riverside to harvest the buffalo carcasses

‘It is estimated that more than 400 animals drowned due to the massive movement of buffalo trampling, and falling from steep river banks.’

The ministry added, ‘Carcasses have largely been removed, most being harvested by community members who live along the river in Namibia.

‘This is not an unusual occurrence as mass drownings have occurred before in the Chobe River notably off Sedudu Island.’ 

Local men and government officials engaged in the cleanup operation after a massive number of buffaloes died in the water

Local media reported the incident occurred on Tuesday night and the governments of Botswana and Namibia are involved in the investigation

Namibian media reported that the incident occurred on Tuesday night.

Lions mainly hunt in packs of lionesses who dominate the food chain throughout eastern and southern Africa.

Herds of buffaloes span the continent and can range from 50 to 500 in number as they graze over the savanna. 

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