The two-year-old son of a Kruger National Park worker has been mauled to death by leopard.
The South African national park have confirmed the death of the 30-month-old boy.
The park confirmed to local news outlet OFM that the attack had taken place in staff living quarters at the national park.
“KNP can confirm that a leopard killed a staff member’s son last night,”the statement issued early on Thursday, said.
“The toddler was only 30 months old. The incident took place at 20:00 and the boy was certified dead by doctors at the Shongwe Hospital after being rushed there by family members.”
The National Parks organisation said the leopard had been tracked and shot dead following the attack.
CEO of South African National Parks, Fundisile Mketeni extended his condolences to the family of the child, calling it a “tragic” death as he wished them strength following the boy’s death.
He said the park’s management had immediately offered support including counselling to the family of the boy.
The toddler’s name was being withheld by the park until all family members could be advised of the tragic death.