South Africa: Brave Ranger Who Saved Colleague From Leopard Attack Honoured Posthumously

A Kruger Park game ranger lauded for bravery when he stopped a leopard from attacking a colleague, was honoured posthumously this past weekend.

Walter Chauke, who saved his colleague's life on June 12, 2018, died six months after the incident from an unrelated illness.

His wife Busani received the bravery award on his behalf during the annual staff awards at Skukuza on Saturday.

Last year, Chauke and Ronald Mathonsi formed part of ranger teams deployed to patrol the Shamariri and Nsio areas in the Oliphant's section in the park.

The two men were instructed to man an observation post on one of the koppies and to be on the lookout for poachers.

While at the observation post, Mathonsi needed to answer the call of nature.

It was during this time that Chauke saw a leopard sneaking up on Mathonsi.

Without hesitation he jumped toward the animal and hit it with his rifle barrel against the head. The leopard retreated and fled.

"Through his actions he not only saved Mathonsi's life but also that of the leopard," said SANParks spokesperson Isaac Phaahla.

Chauke had worked at Kruger for 16 years.

Source: News24

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: News24Wire

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.