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Ranger accidentally and fatally shoots fellow ranger

A field ranger was accidentally shot by a colleague after they were charged by a lone buffalo bull.

Picture: Freeimages.

JOHANNESBURG - A field ranger was accidentally shot by a colleague after they were charged by a lone buffalo bull in the Kruger National Park.

The South African National Parks (SANParks) confirmed that in the ensuing confusion, the two managed to find cover where they attempted to neutralise the animal, but the deceased was caught in the cross fire and sustained a fatal bullet wound to his upper body.

The two rangers were on active anti-poaching patrol when the incident happened.

The critically injured ranger was stabilised at the scene and flown immediately to the Nelspruit Medi Clinic.

He was then rushed into theatre but later succumbed to his injuries.

SANParks CEO, Fundisile Mketeni, passed on his condolences to the family, friends and colleagues.

"It is a sad day for us as a family, we have lost one of our own, a dedicated colleague and friend who not only served the organisation but the entire globe to ensure the integrity of our natural heritage."