By Norma Wildenboer
One of Kimberley’s most beloved animals, Abraham the Camel, was speared to death early on Tuesday morning by poachers who apparently wanted the animal’s meat. Abraham was one of the main attractions at the popular 8Myl Animal Farm petting zoo just outside the city. Workers on the farm, a facility that rehabilitates and cares for several animals, were alerted by barking dogs early on Tuesday morning.
When they went into the veld to investigate, they found Abraham with numerous stab wounds to his body. Two long spears that were used in the attack were still stuck in the dead animal.
Workers chased after three unknown men, who were spotted in the vicinity, but the suspects managed to escape. One of the dogs, apparently used in the attack, was caught when it got stuck in a fence. The dog was handed over to the SPCA.
It appears as if the poachers were planning to slaughter the camel for its meat because several plastic grain bags, often used by poachers to transport meat in, were found near the carcass.
The police were called to the scene and the K9-unit responded immediately. They followed the poachers’ scent and tracks but by late on Tuesday afternoon, no arrests had been made.
Ida Sonnenberg, owner of the 8Myl Animal Farm, was emotional when she spoke to the DFA early on Tuesday morning and vented her anger against the “savages that committed such a brutal crime”. More....