The Star (Nairobi)

28 February 2013

Kenya: 2 Elephants Gobble Up U.S$5,807 Crops in Gatundu

Two stray elephants have destroyed crops worth more than Sh500,000 in Gatundu North. The two elephants from the neighbouring Aberdares Forest attacked Gakoe village on Tuesday night.

Mary Njeri, a farmer whose crops were destroyed, said the animals appear at around 8.00pm to feast on their pineapples and bananas. Njeri said they have been pleading for help from the Kenya Wildlife Service for the last three years.

She said residents lost maize worth Sh300,000 to the elephants last year. Keziah Wambui, another victim, said they have been scaring away the elephants with empty debes.

She expressed fear their lives are in danger if the animals are not tamed soon. Chief Elijah Chege asked KWS to erect an electric fence on the edge of the forest to keep away the animals.

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