Farmer attacked by 'tame' eland

2012-10-25 08:48

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.

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-10-25 08:52

    Thats right, kill it. Typical reaction. It was just doing what wild animals do. There is no such thing as a "tame" wild animal.

      george.outremer - 2012-10-25 09:15

      Indeed. Why not transfer the animal to a game park such as Kruger?

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-25 09:44

      This farm attack is out of control, now elands are singing too?

      nicholas.e.devilliers - 2012-10-25 09:48

      make biltong

      marc.hugo.75 - 2012-10-25 12:15

      Free it into the wild again, where it came from. It's not as if it needs to learn to hunt for c+++s sake. What a dimwit. The farmer should be put down for "walking around in public during the hours of daylight without a brain". Wild is wild.

  • stephan.coetzee.14 - 2012-10-25 09:04

    First that guy on the bike,now this farmer...its animal farm all over the revolution !!! Lol

      johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-25 12:26


  • willa.prinsloo - 2012-10-25 09:14

    old PH mooto : it's the dead ones that kill you.Now it's the tame ones that kill you.

  • Sheilan.Clarke - 2012-10-25 09:16

    The eland is gonna be put down?! For what? For being a wild animal?

      willa.prinsloo - 2012-10-25 10:08

      No. For biltong

  • henk63 - 2012-10-25 09:16

    That farmer should have known better than to keep a "tame" wild animal. It always leads to disaster, and this guy can count his lucky stars.

  • gareth.coats - 2012-10-25 09:16

    Eland Steaks for dinner, anyone? I'll have some thanks! Very Yummy! ... i'm collecting Thumbs Down i guess...

  • innis.cloete - 2012-10-25 09:29

    I hope they test the Eland for Rabies!

  • osama.pascal - 2012-10-25 09:41

    It must have been sent by Malema and the ANC.

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-10-25 09:54

    malema's inside man, one eland one farmer. get well soon.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-10-25 10:01

    Why put it down, why can't it be sent to a game reserve and set free, away from stupid humans like this one. ???

  • theo.kruger.908 - 2012-10-25 10:25

    Why does this animal have to be put down? It was doing what its natural instincts told it to do. We as human beings constantly roam into animals' territories, and then when they attack, we have them put down? No wonder animals in the wild still attack - We have not given them any reason to trust us.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-25 11:09

      100% theo, there is nothing to be gained by killing this beautiful animal.

  • Lynne Ann Rogers - 2012-10-25 10:49

    @busiwewe whatever your name is you are such an idiot get a life

  • - 2012-10-25 11:19

    I think the animal thought the farmer was a competitor for his 'lady'. If he is ugly, it could have made it worse. The usual colour of the animal also closely matches the usual colour of the farmer making the combination a serious recipe for farm violence.

  • helenjeanette - 2012-10-25 12:42

    I've really had enough of people who insist on rearing wild animals and claiming they are tame. Yet when the animal attacks or kills them, they "are not really sure what happened" and the animal is inevitably put down. I think we are overrun with stupid people and we should maybe consider putting them down. If you are looking for sympathy in a situation like this, it's in the dictionary between sh?t and syphillis!!

  • penny.horey - 2012-10-25 13:16

    You are putting the animal down ... really? What a retard .. it was your fault you dumb@ss. Idiot!!!!!!!

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-10-25 14:14

    Agreed Nicholas - There is no such thing as a "tame" wild animal. The eland was reacting in a way that any other eland would do. The animal should have been darted and moved to a nature reseve.

  • maryna.vanwyk.71 - 2012-10-25 18:19

    Why kill it? It just reacted according to its nature.... We interfere in wildlife to play God.... Its sickening!

  • georgene.rossouwgina - 2012-10-26 08:34

    How hypocritical? What about all the poor little lambs, chickens, pigs and beef that has to be 'put down' so you can have dinner on your table, and they did not even hurt anybody! This particular eland was rescued by this 'stupid' farmer from a guest farm near Pretoria,where it wanted to hurt people. You city people. It would have been put down long ago if it was not for this farmer, look what good it did him. Shows how little you know about wildlife. Eland can jump very high fences, this one was free to roam on the farm, but came after the feed as this farmer spoiled it in the dry season with feed. This is a problem animal, he wanted to hurt people in Pretoria and he even killed one of the horses. Don't make uninformed comments. You can put your own life in danger and adopt the poor eland!

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