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Lions suspected in drowning of 400 buffaloes in Botswana

AFP  |  Gaborone 

More than 400 buffaloes believed to have been chased by lions drowned in a river in northern this week, the government said.

The mass drowning occurred on Tuesday night in on the border with Investigations by authorities in both countries "suggest that an exceptionally large herd was grazing in when they stampeded into the Chobe River," Botswana's Ministry of Environment, said in a statement late Wednesday.

"Initial indications are that they were being chased by a pride of lions," it said.

"It is estimated that more than 400 animals drowned due to the massive movement of trampling, and falling from steep river banks." river drownings are not uncommon in the region, but the numbers are usually small.

Namibia's Minister told AFP that the incident was "unfortunate" but due to natural causes.

About 1,000 buffalo had struggled to get over a when the stampede started, he said. Three lions were seen in the area.

said the buffalo meat would be donated to the local community and carcasses were being collected.

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 16:00 IST