Lions drown 500 buffaloes in Chobe river Botswana…Pictures

Blanche Robertson
November 9, 2018

Hundreds of buffalo drowned in the Chobe river after being chased by a pride of lions.

The authorities in Botswana estimate that roughly 400 buffaloes died.

Simone Micheletti, who owns a lodge on the Namibian side of the river, said that the herd was unusually large - at roughly 1,000 buffaloes. "They drowned after who knows how long and through how much panic, stress and pain", the lodge said.

Botswana's environment ministry released a statement saying that mass drownings are not unusual in the Chobe River, but Mr Micheletti says that the scale of the deaths is unheard of.

The beasts are believed to have stampeded into the river to escape a pride of lion.

"It is estimated that more than 400 animals drowned due to the massive movement of buffalo trampling, and falling from steep river banks".

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Buffalo river drownings are not uncommon in the region, but the numbers are usually small.

Herds of buffaloes span the continent and can range from 50 to 500 in number as they graze over the savanna.

Micheletti said that he heard the lions roaring on Tuesday night and saw the dead buffalo floating in the Chobe river the next morning.

Namibia said the buffalo meat would be donated to the local community and carcasses were being collected.

The Buffaloes are believed to have been scared by the lion on a dark night with the moon obscured by cloud.

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