Elephants shot dead, cut up for meat in Zim

2015-02-21 20:05

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Bulawayo - Two elephants have been shot dead just outside Bulawayo in Zimbabwe and locals have sliced them up for meat, according to eyewitnesses and media reports on Saturday.

The local B-Metro tabloid said the pair were shot dead on Thursday in the Umguza area, 15kms from the city centre. A third elephant managed to get away, according to the report.

"Villagers feared for their safety so it was decided they should be eliminated to avoid human-animal contact," the newspaper reported.

A groom from The Southern Equestrian Centre stables in Bulawayo reportedly saw three elephants in the back paddock of the property early on Thursday morning.

An eyewitness told a Sapa correspondent that: "Police shot two [elephants] by MacDonald Bricks and said to people they could come for meat.

The B-Metro reported that when it arrived at the scene around 6.30pm "about 200 knife-wielding men, women and children were vigorously slicing the two elephants."

Resident Sikhumuleli Ncube told the paper: "This is unbelievable. I won't buy meat for the next two months. This is manna from heaven."

Other locals drove to the scene with trucks so they could transport the meat home.

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