Lioness sighted near busy Zim tourist town

2015-06-18 13:30
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Harare - Rangers would be out near Zimbabwe's busy resort town of Kariba on Thursday to warn residents to be wary of lions after a schoolgirl was injured as she fled a lioness, a conservation group said.

Twelve-year-old Blessing Seremwe was on her way to school on Tuesday when she saw the lioness in the Quarry area of Kariba.

Her father said she had not been mauled as an earlier widely-circulated report alleged, but was injured when she tripped as she ran, the Kariba Animal Welfare Trust said in a statement.

Unconfirmed reports said the lioness may have been in the company of several other lions.

Kariba residents are particularly sensitive to rumours of lion sightings.

Two people were mauled to death by a lion in a suburb of the town in March 2013.

Another man was killed last year when he jumped out of a houseboat to dock the vessel on the shores of Lake Kariba.

The Trust said: "Parks [rangers] will again be going out to the area 18 June to conduct awareness on situations like this."

It urged pedestrians to keep to designated roads "and not walk in the bush".

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