A 14-year-old girl from Muyondozi village in ward 26 under Chief Garahwa, Chipinge South, escaped death by a whisker on Wednesday after she was attacked by a stray lion.
The girl’s father, Hunesu Chiunje, said his daughter, Agness, had gone outside at around 8 pm to collect her jacket when the lion jumped on her and mauled her on the knee.
The horrified girl screamed and one of her siblings rushed and started beating it with fists and it ran away after plucking flesh from her leg.
Chiunje is appealing to well-wishers to assist him with US$70 to buy the medication prescribed for his daughter. He said:
The lion was found in the fenced yard of the Pahla family in Mutumburi village in ward 26, under Chief Garahwa in Chisumbanje, Chipinge South.
He said the lion was tracked and killed by Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) rangers.
The lion is thought to have escaped from the Save Valley Conservancy as the fence around the game reserve was vandalised.