Leopard attack: Ranger didn't follow rules

2013-11-25 17:00
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Pretoria - A wildlife ranger, employed by The Farm Inn, is in a stable condition following an  attack by a black leopard over the weekend - in full view of guests on a open-air safari vehicle tour.

News24 Travel contacted the hotel to find out the condition of the ranger and what the fate would be of the leopard.

Farm Inn spokesperson Michelle Bosman told News24 Travel that the establishment would prefer not to divulge the ranger's full details, but that he would be returning to work as soon as he was better.

"We can confirm that on Saturday 23 November 2013 a FGASA trained ranger employed by The Farm Inn, was on a game drive with two families who were guests at the hotel," said Bosman.

"Regrettably the employee failed to follow protocol and entered a secure enclosure with a black leopard and was attacked."

Bosman stated that it was an unfortunate accident, but at no stage did the leopard escape its enclosure.

According to Bosman, all dangerous animals on the estate are kept in secure enclosures – with policy requiring the need for a special holding camp where the animals are put when the main enclosures are cleaned and maintained.

Bosman could also not confirm why the ranger entered the holding camp, knowing full well that the wild animal was inside.

When asked about the animal's fate Bosman said, "We are not going to put the animal down as it reacted as a normal leopard will react."

She said operations at the hotel, including game drives, are continuing as normal.
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