Soldier charged with killing Kruger hippo

2014-02-25 11:38
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Mbombela - A soldier is in hot water after allegedly hitting a hippo in the Kruger National Park with an army truck, killing it.

Beeld reported on Tuesday that SANParks has laid a charge against the soldier, who is deployed in counter-poaching operations.

On Sunday, it was reported that the SANDF was investigating the incident.

An army spokesperson said the army is carrying out an internal investigation into the animal's death. Any damages suffered by the army in the incident will be taken into consideration during the disciplinary hearing.

According to the report, the hippo cow was killed near Lower Sabie on 15 February 2014. The Sabie River runs close to the road, and there are often hippos in the area.

A police spokesperson confirmed the incident, saying a case of reckless or negligent driving was being investigated by military police.

SANParks reportedly wants the soldier charged with killing an animal as well as reckless or negligent driving. A Kruger National Park spokesperson said it was important that drivers adhere to the speed limits in the reserve. In 2012, a truck driver was fined R2 500 after hitting seven impala in the park.

There are currently just under 200 soldiers deployed in the Kruger National Park to assist game rangers in battling poachers.

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