A second leopard attack in the Kruger National Park has drawn the line in the sand of how long it takes the park to deal with a troublesome animal. An employee of the Shalati Concession was attacked by a leopard whilst enroute to work on Sunday morning, the 17th of July.

After fighting off the animal, whilst shouting for assistance, the leopard ran off and disappeared into the surrounding bush, leaving the lodge employee with deep lacerations and in a traumatic state. He was rushed to the Skukuza residential doctor for medical treatment.

According to the SANParks, it is understood that the injuries sustained by the Shalati employee were not life threatening.

This is not the first time a leopard attacked a person in the KNP, as in 2003 a nine-year-old boy was killed by a leopard whilst on his way home. Nor is this attack the first one this year, as the same leopard attacked another employee, at the Skukuza Golf Club on the 26th of June.

Since then, the Park suggested that they deploy a team to track the animal, but were unfortunate in finding it as it attacked again. Reports from employees within the park suggest that there were complaints launched with the park prior the first attack, however nothing came out of it.

After the attack on the second employee, the KNP said that an operation was immediately launched by the Rangers Corps and the Airwing to search the immediate vicinity for the animal.

“It was spotted 30 metres from where the incident took place and was duly destroyed,” said the Park. In a video shared with Bulletin, several ‘happy’ employees are seen taking photos with the leopard.

The Head Ranger, Cathy Dreyer, stated that since the first incident every effort was made to capture the leopard but without success.

“Given the location of the incident, we suspect that the destroyed leopard is the same animal responsible for the first attack, but we can never be sure. Residents and employees must be extra vigilant and avoid walking alone at all times,” she said.

The leopard was delivered to the State Vets to undertake a postmortem.

Jerry Mabena, the CEO of Motsamayi Tourism Group, who are the owners of Kruger Shalati and Kruger Station, also said that they were shocked by this tragic incident and were very relieved that their colleague survived this ordeal.