Injured elephant cow put down (Namibia)
Clemans Miyanicwe, The Namibian
July 16, 2021
An elephant cow with a broken leg was put down by the Ministry of
Environment, Forestry and Tourism near the settlement of Fransfontein on
Tuesday. According to ministry spokesperson Romeo Muyunda, it was initially
thought that the animal had been shot and injured, but after assessment it
was clear it had a broken leg.
Muyunda says the animal’s meat was given to the Swartbooi Traditional
Authority to distribute among the community in the area. Rachel Uwukhaes
from !Ganeb Pos says the elephant cow arrived at her livestock kraal late
at night. “We heard sounds and that's when the livestock herder informed us
[of the elephant],” she says.
Uwukhaes says she and her boyfriend subsequently went to the kraal and saw
the elephant cow lying down near the kraal’s fence. “We thought it may be
injured, and that’s why it was lying down,” she says.
Uwukhaes says elephants pass by her homestead frequently. She says they
removed the fence of the kraal so that the animal could get up.
Lisothe/Uises, another resident, says she alerted people to make their
children aware of the animal’s presence.
Some children are at home on holiday as schools have closed due to the
country’s surging third Covid-19 wave.
About 80 people gathered in the area where the elephant cow was lying,
residents say. Cornelius Bowe, vice captain of the Swartbooi Traditional
Authority, said the animal’s meat was distributed among more than 400
people at Fransfontein and surrounding areas.
“The distribution went smoothly,” he said. Bowe thanked law-enforcement
officials, the distribution team and those who slaughtered the elephant