Farmer attacked by 'tame' eland

2012-10-25 08:48
Attie Jansen is comforted by his father, Zirkie, after he was attacked by an eland bull. (Charné Kemp, Volksblad)

Attie Jansen is comforted by his father, Zirkie, after he was attacked by an eland bull. (Charné Kemp, Volksblad)

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Bloemfontein - A Free State farmer is lucky to be alive after an eland bull went berserk on his farm and attacked him, almost killing him.

Attie Jansen, 35, on Wednesday told how he wanted to chase away the supposedly tame eland bull from the sheep feed on his farm Donderboschfontein, reported Volksblad.

Jansen was trying to lure the bull and a cow away from the feed with a bag of food and when he looked up, he saw the 1-ton eland was coming for him.

“He was on me within moments and picked me up with his horns, throwing me down. While I was on the ground, he started to stab me. I realised he was going to kill me if I didn’t do something.”

Jansen literally grabbed the bull by the horns and stopped the animal from moving about freely.

Meanwhile, his workers began throwing stones at the eland and made a noise, eventually managing to chase off the bull.

Jansen was taken to hospital with 11 stab wounds in his legs, hands, elbows, back and side.

“It is a miracle that I didn’t sustain internal injuries.”

The eland would be put down on Thursday.

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