Boy Killed By Lion While Guarding Family Maize Field


A 14-year-old boy was on Monday killed and devoured by a lion while guarding a family maize field in Mariga Village in Chapoto near Kanyemba Border Post in Mashonaland Central.

Chief Peter Enock Chapoto said the child was killed and eaten around 3am and only the head was recovered.

“They were sleeping in the field guarding against rhinos, elephants and buffaloes,” said Chief Chapoto.

“Usually, we build a watch tower so that those manning the field sleep on a high place. However, the boy was in the company of his uncle and they decided to sleep on the ground.

“The lion came and attacked him before dragging him away.”

Chief Chapoto said the area had a lot of wildlife and people had been killed by lions before.

“Almost four years ago, people were being attacked and killed by lions in this area. Usually, we co-exist with wild animals and we were surprised by the recent attack. We have informed the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and Mbire Council.” Police said they had not yet received the report.