Botswana : buffaloes drown fleeing lions

Buffaloes carcasses that drowned in a river on the border between Botswana and Namibia. Photo: RR

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Hundreds of buffaloes have drowned in a river on the border between Botswana and Namibia.

Early investigations suggest the herd was being chased by lions and ran into the river, say Botswana authorities.

A local lodge owner said that it looks like the buffaloes then got stuck because the bank on the other side of the river was too high and that they panicked and stampeded.

The authorities in Botswana estimate that roughly 400 buffaloes died.

Simone Micheletti, who owns a lodge on the Namibian side of the river, said that the herd was unusually large at roughly 1,000 buffaloes.

Botswana’s environment ministry released a statement saying that mass drownings are not unusual in the Chobe River.

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