A 20-year-old Zimbabwean, Berty Chigwe, fought off a vicious attacking lion with his bare hands earlier this week in a desperate bid to defend his life. The blood-curdling incident took place in Munyamama Village, Chipinge South, on Tuesday. According to reports gathered by chaosafrica from state-media, Chigwe put up a fierce fight against one of two lions believed to have escaped from the nearby Save Conservancy.
When the attack occurred, Chigwe was harvesting cotton in the field with the help of his two nephews, Muzi Chikowo,14, and Sam Chikowo,10. At the sight of the lions, Sam is said to have fled the field with one of the lions in hot pursuit, leaving the two behind.
Out of fear, Muzi clung onto Chigwe’s back, forcing him to meet the beast head-on. Although he made a valiant effort to fight off the lion, he was eventually overpowered, only to be saved by locals who rushed to their aid. He sustained serious injuries all over the body while Muzi was also bruised all over. Sam escaped unscathed after having sought shelter in a tree.
Yesterday, reporters from state-media visited Chigwe, who is currently admitted at St Peter’s Mission Hospital. He narrated how he escaped death by a whisker.
Muzi confirmed that he survived by jumping onto his uncle’s back.
When we saw the lions approaching us, fear gripped me and I ran to my uncle. I jumped on his back and clung onto his shoulders. As the lioness charged towards us, Uncle Berty remained rooted on the ground until the lioness jumped at him.
‘As we fell onto the ground, I continued clinging onto my uncle’s shoulders and that’s when l sustained these bruises. The lioness mauled his thigh and I took advantage of the commotion to escape and alert the other villagers.’
Zimbabwe Wildlife and Parks Management spokesperson, Mr Tinashe Farawo and Ward 21 Councillor Lucas Muchinani confirmed the incident. Mr Farawo said the human and wildlife conflict in Chipinge is being caused by an overpopulation of wild animals in Save Conservancy.
‘I can confirm that two lions attacked and injured two people in Chief Musikavanhu’s area on Tuesday. One of them is still in hospital>chaosafrica