Hungry Zim baboon 'grabbed man round throat'

2016-04-15 21:53
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Zimbabwe - Villagers in south-eastern Zimbabwe have beaten to death a baboon that grabbed a man round the throat in its desperation to reach mealie cobs, it was reported on Friday.

The baboon attacked 33-year-old Willard Chigwidi as he tried to protect his maize field in drought-hit Chipinge, said the state-controlled Manica Post.

Villagers armed with logs clubbed the baboon to death, Chigwidi's wife Violet told the newspaper. She described the baboon as "big".

Chigwidi was taken to hospital for treatment, according to the paper.

Chipinge is one of the areas worst-hit by Zimbabwe's drought, with reports in January that many villagers were already surviving on just one meal a day following the failure of their crops. But rains last week will have helped late-planted mealies. 

Hunger is causing animals to roam further in search of food.

The Aware Trust, a local veterinary organisation, said in February that donkeys in some arid districts of Masvingo province were getting scratched corneas as they tried to find food in thorn bushes.

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