Wessa issues warning after croc death

The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa) on Thursday urged the public to respect the...

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The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa) on Thursday urged the public to respect the country’s wild animals in order to avoid injury or death, after a man was killed by a crocodile.

In February alone, at least three people were attacked by wild animals.

On Wednesday, a Pretoria man was killed by a crocodile on his North West farm after falling into a dam. At the weekend another man was gored by an elephant in the Timbavati Game Reserve in Mpumalanga.

Another man was hurt when he was attacked by a leopard in Limpopo earlier in February.

Wessa’s Karen Marx said, “What normally happens is that this type of interaction [is that] animals are hunted down and killed.”

“The reason why it’s happening is because we’re intruding on their space and people get too close to the animals.”