27 June 2013

Malawi: Marauding Crocodile Shot Dead

Mangochi — A crocodile which went on rampage a couple of weeks ago killing an eleven year old girl in the process has been shot dead by a watchful parks and wildlife officer in Mangochi.

Mangochi Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Rodrick Maida told the Malawi News Agency recently that a senior parks and wildlife official, Driano Zeno successfully killed the wayward animal in the district.

Maida said the crocodile had killed an eleven year old girl at Namakudzi Fishing Bay where she had gone bathing with her friends.

The police publicist identified the deceased as Chikondi Mark who met her fate sometime early in April this year adding that the reptile had since gone into hiding.

"The crocodile, on April 3 at about 3.00 pm at Namakudzi Fishing dock caught an 11 year old girl when the deceased together with her colleagues went to bath," he said.

Maida further said the community immediately ganged up when news of the incident reached them whereby they mobilized fishing nets to hunt for the vicious animal.

"The villagers managed to trap the crocodile while it still held on to the girl by its jaws with their nets," he said, adding that the mob hit the animal forcing it to let go of the girl who was already dead.

However, Maida said the crocodile tore apart the nets and disappeared into the deep waters of Lake Malombe.

"Since then it never appeared until recently when people who spotted it at the same dock raised an alarm leading to its being shot to death," Maida said.

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