Botswana president considers culling as villagers battle wildlife to survive on their land

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    Villagers live ‘in hell’ with elephants, lions and hippos causing havoc on their land, writes Poloko Tau

    Mabuta Jwanga may not remember the colour of the shirt he was wearing when an elephant attacked him, but if he could find and talk to it, he would thank it profusely for saving his life.

    Faced with the world’s largest land mammal, his instinct, pumped by his experience as a wildlife guide, quickly kicked in.

    Jwanga took off his shirt and threw it in the eyes of a charging elephant as he took a dive to the side.


    Sitting on the veranda of his house in Satau village in northern Botswana, close to the Chobe River which marks the border with Namibia, the 59-year-old remembers lying on the ground engulfed in dust.

    He was sweating in panic as the elephant stood a few metres away. Jwanga felt the vibrations as its feet hit him, convinced he would be trampled to death.

    With one eye barely open, he managed to glimpse the elephant’s stomach as it walked over him.

    And, once it had passed, he thought he had come out unscathed.

    Jwanga was wrong.

    Botswana president considers culling as villagers battle wildlife to survive on their land

    Makes the opossum invasion on my block a bit lame.....
     
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    Africans battling elephants...the sands may fall through the hourglass but some things remain eternal.
     
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