SANParks Employee Killed in Hippo Attack at Kruger National Park, SA Moved by Death of Dedicated Investigator

SANParks Employee Killed in Hippo Attack at Kruger National Park, SA Moved by Death of Dedicated Investigator

  • A South African National Parks (SANParks) manager lost his life during what was meant to be a peaceful camping trip
  • The professional from Pretoria was camping in Mpumalanga when the worst scenario happened
  • Many people on social media reacted to the news of how the wildlife guardian was attacked by a wild animal

MPUMALANGA- SANParks Environmental Crime Investigations Unit manager based in Groenkloof Pretoria, passed away after a hippo attacked. Many people on social media reacted to the harrowing news about how the man died.

Hippo attacks SANParks manager at Kruger National Park
A SAN Parks employee did not survive a hippo attack, many people expressed their condolences: Cameron Spencer/James Keith/Brian Bahr
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The SANParks spokesperson confirmed that the accident involving a hippo was at Kruger National Park. Many people also commented as they were saddened by the news.

SANParks employee dies while camping

SANParks lost a valuable member of its team, Kobus de Wet, who was investigator of Environmental crimes, according to SABC News. The professional was camping when a hippo charged and killed him at Kruger National Park.

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Deceased SANParks employee did life-changing work

SANParks spokesperson Ike Phaahla says the deceased was passionate about anti-poaching. The spokesperson explained to SABC News that Kobus was responsible for the arrest and conviction of a number of poachers.

South Africans express their condolences

Many people were touched to hear about the SANPark manager's death. Read what netizens had to say in a post below:

J Smooth Johnson said:

"Hippo kills more humans then any other animal."

Gave Vuka wrote:

"Those animals are not pets...condolences."

Funanani Funy Simba Ralivhesaa commented:

"I'm so sorry. My condolences to the family."

Sphiwokuhle Grimsby added:

"Animals remains dangerous , no matter what kind."

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The two ferocious dogs allegedly jumped over the high fence and attacked 88-year-old Olga Grill in her home.

Grill's son discovered her body in the backyard on Tuesday afternoon around 5pm, reported JacarandaFM.

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