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 Post subject: SANparks ranger attacked by lion
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:53 am 
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Man uit kake van woedende leeu gered - Volksblad
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UPINGTON. – ’n Veldwagter se lewe is gister op heldhaftige wyse gered toe ’n aggressiewe leeu in die Kgalagadi-oorgrenspark hom agterop die bakkie waarop hy was, aangeval het.

Die bebloede mnr. Albert Bojone is letterlik uit die leeu se kake gered toe mnr. Graeme Ellis, ’n biotegnikus en navorser in die park, uit die bakkie se kajuit gespring en hom in die kajuit ingepluk het.

Bojone se stewel, waaraan die leeu hom gegryp het, het in die leeu se bek agtergebly toe Ellis hom losgeruk het. Die leeu is met die stewel nog in sy bek doodgeskiet.

Die leeu het hom eers aan die arm beetgekry. Toe die leeu los, het Bojone op die kajuit se dak gespring met die leeu agterna.

Dit was moontlik ’n wraakaanval nadat een van die vier leeus in dié troppie die naweek doodgeskiet is nadat hy ’n bees aangeval het.

Mev. Henriëtte Engelbrecht, bemarkings-en-kommunikasiebestuurder van die Suid-Afrikaanse Nasionale Parke (SANParke) se ariede parke in die Noord-Kaap, sê Bojone, Ellis en mnr. Mico Ferreira, senior veldwagter, het aan die Botswana-kant van die park digby die grens tussen Suid-Afrika en Botswana na die drie oorblywende leeus in die troppie gesoek.

Bojone het agterop die bakkie gesit en die ander twee in die kajuit. Hulle het twee leeus agtervolg en toe agter die regterkantste een aangery.

Die volgende oomblik het die ander leeu op die bakkie afgestorm en agterop gespring.

“Die bakkie het gelukkig relings, wat die leeu gestuit het. Hy het Bojone aan sy arm beetgekry. Toe hy vir ’n oomblik los, het Bojone op die kajuitdak gespring.”

Die verwoede leeu het tot op die bak gespring en Bojone aan die voet beetgekry. Ellis het uit die kajuit gespring en Bojone ingepluk.

Albei sy stewels het agtergebly, een daarvan in die leeu se bek. Dié stewel het vier gate waar die leeu sy tande vasgeslaan het.

Bojone is na die Mediclinic Upington gebring waar hy gister laat nog in die waakeenheid was.

Engelbrecht sê dié leeus, by die veldwagters bekend as “bosleeus”, loop gewoonlik in gebiede waar hulle geen mense sien nie.

Hulle is daarom nie aan mense gewoond nie, of is om een of ander rede kwaad vir mense.

Die leeu wat Bojone aangeval het, was moontlik woedend oor sy makker wat doodgeskiet is.

Wanneer die leeus uit hul gebied beweeg, word veldwagters gestuur om hulle te vang. Hulle word dan na Kgalagadi teruggebring waar hulle vir 14 dae in ’n boma gehou word. Hulle word daarna vrygelaat sowat 200km van waar hulle gekry is.

Sy sê mnr. Nardus du Plessis, die park se vorige senior veldwagter, het gister aan haar bevestig dat geen leeu in die 15 jaar wat hy in die park was, ’n mens aangeval het nie.

Bojone, wat al 22 jaar in die park werk, het ook gesê dit het in sy tyd hier ook nog nooit gebeur nie.

Engelbrecht sê dit het wel al gebeur dat leeus van die veldvoertuie bestorm het. ’n Kombers word oor hulle gegooi as hulle naby die voertuig kom. Hulle spook dan met die kombers, en blaas dan die aftog.

Gister het die leeu egter eenvoudig deur die kombers gebars om by Bojone uit te kom.

“Hy moes woedend gewees het.”

http://www.volksblad.com/NoordKaap/Nuus/Man-uit-kake-van-woedende-leeu-gered-20111101


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This ranger was extremely lucky. We wish him a speedy recovery.


Does anyone know whose cattle the lions are killing?
Why does the lion then have to be shot?

Will the lion who attacked the ranger be shot?


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Die leeu is met die stewel nog in sy bek doodgeskiet.


The lion was ,still with the boot in his mouth, shot.

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 Post subject: Re: SANparks ranger attacked by lion
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According to the news clip, the lion was shot - that's how they recovered the ranger's shoe.

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Mr Bojone was very lucky, and probably owes a lot to the bravery of Mr Ellis. :clap: :clap: :clap: A sad occurrence that hopefully will alert lion-chasers to take more precautions.

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Phew....what a traumatic experience for all involved, thinking of them and wishes for a speedy recovery to Mr Bonjane.

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Eish! :shock: What an awful experience! Hats off to Mr Ellis and hoping that Mr Bonjone recovers quickly.

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I was rather intrigued with the technique of throwing a blanket over a lion (if I translated this correctly).

These rangers are brave - little does the tourist know the high risks attached to their jobs and those of researchers too.


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OMG!!!! What s scary experience. My Afrikaans is a little rusty and i wonder if a kind forumite would translate for those who don't understand die taal?

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Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:16 am 
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I'm not at all sure how accurate this translation is as I don't speak Afrikaans and i had to translate from a rather weird Google translation, so maybe an Afrikaans-speaking reader would correct my errors!

A game-rangers life was heroically saved yesterday in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park when he was attacked on the back of his truck by a lion. Mr Albert Bojone was litererally saved from the lions jaws when Mr Grahame Ellis , a biotechnologist and researcher in the park jumped from the truck and pulled him into the cab. The lion had hold of Bojone by his boot which was left behing in its mouth when Ellis pulled him loose. The lion, still with the boot in his mouth, was shot.
The lion first caught Bojone by the arm, which Bojone managed to free and then jumped onto the roof of the cab.
It was probably a revenge attack after one of the four lions in the pride over the weekend was shot after a cow was attacked.
Ms Henriette Engelbrecht, marketing and communications manager of the South African National Parks (SANParks)'s arid parks in the Northern Cape, said Bojone, Mr. Ellis and senior ranger Mico Ferreira were looking for the three remaining lions in the pride on the Botswana side close to the border between South Africa and Botswana. Bojone was on the back of the truck and the other two were in the cab. They chased two lions and then drove behind the one on the right. The next moment the other lion turned back and charged the truck. ‘The pickup fortunately had rails, which stopped the lion, but Bojone’s arm was caught. When the lion released the arm momentarily, Bojone leapt for the cab roof. The angry lion jumped into the well and fastened his jaws onto Bojone’s foot. Ellis jumped from the cab and pulled Bojone away, leaving both his boots in the lion’s jaw. One boot has four holes in it made by the lion’s teeth. Bojone was subsequently taken to Uppington’s Medi-Clinic where he spent yesterday in intensive care.Englebrecht said that the lions which the rangers called ‘bosleeus’ usually spend theirtime in areas where the public do not see them and are therefore not accustomed to people. The lion who attacked Bojone was probably angry/traumatised because of the earlier shooting of his companion.
According to Ms Englebrecht, when lions move from their normal range, rangers are sent to catch them. They are then returned to the Kglagadi and held in a boma for 14 days after which they are released about 200kmfrom where they were caught. Nardus du Plessis, the park’s former senior ranger, yesterday confirmed that there no one had been attachedby a lion in the 15 years that he was in the park. Bojone, who has worked in the park for 22 years, also said that in all his time there this had not happened. Englebrecht said that sometimes lions di approach too close to the vehicle whereupop a blanket is thrown over them which frightens them and they beat a hasty retreat. Yesterday the lion was covered by a blanket, but it burst out and went for Bojone. “He was infuriated” (she said)


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@salamanda, apart for "The angry lion jumped into the well and..." that should read "The angry lion jumped into the load bin and..." it is accurate enough. Well done :thumbs_up:

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