A 2-year-old boy has been killed by a leopard in the Kruger National Park.
The attack occurred at the Malelane Technical Services living quarters on Wednesday night.
The leopard attacked the boy after getting into the staff living quarters, which are separated from the rest of the park by an electrified fence.
The park’s communications head, Ike Phaahla, said the son of a staff member was declared dead after he was rushed to Shongwe Hospital by family members.
“Last night at approximately 8pm, reports reached our rangers that a leopard had attacked a 30-month-old toddler in the Malelane staff quarters. The family rushed the toddler to Shongwe Hospital but unfortunately doctors were unable to save his life,” Phaahla said.
A team of rangers hunted down the big cat and shot it dead to avoid the risk of a repeat, said the park.