Man crushed to death after throwing stones at hungry elephants while guarding his maize fields


BY the time his relatives got to the scene, he was barely breathing, his chest and ribcage had been crushed by massive blows from an angry elephant.

The above sentiments were relayed by the brother of the late Zviito Bhachi who was last week trampled to death by an elephant while guarding his maize fields.

Bhachi was a farmer from Mubayazvamba villager in the Chiredzi area in the Lowveld.

He was found unconscious by relatives on the edges of his maize field after his brothers noticed a herd of elephants charging from that direction.

Winter maize farming is common in the Lowveld where small scale farmers make use of the fertile clay soil in the region to plant a winter crop to supplement their income.

The late Bhachi’s brother Enoch narrated the events leading to his sibling’s death in a live podcast known as Talking Wildlife with Tinashe Farawo.

Farawo is the spokesman for the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks).

The ZimParks team had visited Mubayazvamba village to listen to the concerns of villagers with regards to human and wildlife conflicts.

“When I got to the scene, his chest was falling in; there were two distinct tusk marks on the ground showing that the elephant had crushed his body with its head. He was barely breathing.

“Blood was coming out of his mouth and ears and he died before we could even take him to the hospital. He must have thrown stones at the elephants to drive them away from his maize field,” narrated Enoch.

He called on ZimParks to react swiftly when a report is made about elephant sightings in their villages.

— Herald

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