Boy, 2, dies after being mauled by leopard at national park


The situation has created fear and panic among South Africans, particularly, residents living close to the Kruger Park.

Park spokesman Ike Phaahla said that two park rangers searched for the female leopard and shot it dead to prevent any further attacks.

Dad Isaiah, 35, had already gone inside but heard his terrified son's screams and rushed back outside to find him gripped in the big cat's jaws.

"To ensure the entire pride is together, then there will be logistical planning from the team that has been assigned to move the lions".

"Our priority is to safeguard and protect our people, if we feel that they are a danger, we will take extreme measures", Kalla said.

The 35-year-old said: "I was walking to my cottage and Courtney followed me".

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A two-year-old toddler has been fatally mauled by a leopard at staff living quarters in the Kruger National Park (KNP)...

The Limpopo government said it has held a meeting with the Kruger National Park and another stakeholder concluding that the lions are to be captured and released at Kruger National Park.

Kalla said "We need to keep in mind that we are in Limpopo, which is home to 76% of the Kruger National Park, which covers a huge area".

The leopard attacked the toddler on Wednesday evening after getting into a staff compound, which is separated from the rest of the park by an electrified fence.

"This is the risk that we live with on a daily basis as we help to conserve our many animal species for the benefit of all".

This could lead to a "change in natural behavior" in the animals, which could result in "unfortunate incidents such as this". A ranger later found and killed the animal.