panicked buffalo drowned

Hundreds of panicked buffalo drowned in river

Hundreds of panicked buffalo are dead in southern Africa after they ran from a pride of lions. According to multiple sources, approximately 400 buffalo lost their lives after drowning in the Chobe river. On Thursday, the Serondela Lodge, in Namibia, posted a video on its Facebook page and wrote about the tragedy:

Yesterday morning we witnessed a #tragedy that happened few km west of the lodge on the #banks of the #choberiver namibian side.
The big #herd of around 1000 #buffaloes that occurs in the area was chased by #lions from the Botswana side towards the river.

Buffaloes tragedy on the Chobe River

Yesterday morning we witnessed a #tragedy that happened few km west of the lodge on the #banks of the #choberiver namibian side.The big #herd of around 1000 #buffaloes that occurs in the area was cheased by #lions from the Botswana side towards the river. Buffalos tried to cross the #choberiver but the Namibian bank was too high and… well they drowned after who knows how long and through how much panic, stress and pain.#circleoflife #wildlife

Posted by Serondela Lodge on Thursday, November 8, 2018

 

The lodge added:

Buffalos tried to cross the #choberiver but the Namibian bank was too high and… well they drowned after who knows how long and through how much panic, stress and pain.
#circleoflife #wildlife

Government statement

In a press release, the Botswana government explained what happened:

Initial investigations by authorities on both sides of the Botswana / Namibia Border suggest that an exceptionally large buffalo herd was grazing in Namibia when they stampeded into the Chobe river.

The cause of the stampede is still uncertain and under investigation, however initial indications are that they were being chased by a pride of lions. It is estimated that more than 400 animals drowned due to the massive movement of buffalo trampling, and falling from steep river banks.

According to government officials, most of the carcasses have been removed and they are being harvested by the community.

(Video via Serondela Lodge)

Stock image via Pixabay

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