9 November 2012

Namibia: Girl Loses Leg in Donkey Attack

THE right leg of four-year-old Paulina Mweshitya Levi was amputated after she was bitten by a donkey.

Levi’s grandmother, Lovisa Stefanus, told The Namibian that the donkey attack happened on November 1 at Onamundidi village near Ogongo in the Omusati Region.

Levi was sleeping under a tree near their homestead with her two siblings, while her grandmother was pounding mahangu. Stefanus said the donkey grabbed Levi by the leg and lifted her up.

She heard the children screaming and could not believe her eyes when she saw her grandchild dangling from the mouth of the donkey.

She tried unsuccessfully to get the donkey to release the little girl. The animal even ran away with the girl and started chewing on her leg, Stefanus said.

“I ran after the donkey crying for help, but the donkey with Paulina in its mouth was faster,” Stefanus said.

She said the donkey then dropped the child and continued grazing as if nothing had happened.

Levi was rushed to the Oshikuku hospital from where she was transferred to the Oshakati State Hospital.

“That is our donkey and he never showed aggression,” Stefanus said.

The family killed the donkey after the incident.

Levi is now recovering in the intensive care unit of the Oshakati State Hospital.

The hospital superintendent described her condition as serious but stable.

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