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Witch medical doctors are blamed for barbaric killing of 100 vultures in South African safari park so their physique components can be utilized in black magic potions
- Park rangers found dozens of lifeless vultures in addition to a buffalo and a hyena
- Authorities suspect buffalo was poisoned to lure vultures and acquire physique components
- An investigation underway at Kruger National Park the place carcasses have been discovered
- GRAPHIC WARNING: Story incorporates photos some readers might discover distressing
Witch medical doctors are believed to be behind the barbaric killing of over 100 vultures at South Africa’s best-known safari park butchering them to be used in black magic potions.
A buffalo was first poisoned and when vultures started to circle over it within the Kruger National Park it was not lengthy earlier than they flew down for a feast on the stricken beast.
As the scavengers started to wash the carcass the highly effective poison entered the birds’ our bodies then they started to break down in droves dying in agony across the half consumed buffalo.
Even a lone hyena which had moved in for its share of the kill was discovered lifeless amongst the large pile of vultures strewn across the buffalo after wolfing the poisoned meat.
The unlawful commerce in vulture physique components – particularly heads, viciously curved beaks and talons referred to as ‘muti’ – sees them became potions and is threatening their existence.
Rangers on patrol got here throughout the grisly mass poisoning close to the Punda Maria foremost gate on Thursday and rescued 20 very sick vultures close to a fence bordering a neighborhood village.
Witch medical doctors have reportedly killed greater than 100 vultures (pictured) at South Africa’s best-known safari park, butchering the endangered birds to be used in black magic potions
The Punda Maria entrance gate of Kruger National Park close to the place the vultures have been discovered
They have been rushed in a rangers station wagon to a close-by rehabilitation centre for emergency therapy by the Endangered Wildlife Trust.
Two comparable poisonings occurred on the Kruger final yr and similtaneously the most recent mass poisoning one other 50 vultures have been poisoned over the Botswana border at Chobe.
Acting Chief Inspector of SANParks Hapiloe Sello stated: ‘This reprehensible act as soon as once more highlights the ever-present hazard of poisoning of wildlife by unscrupulous individuals.
‘The scene has been cordoned off for additional investigation and the carcasses have been burned to make sure that there aren’t any additional poisonings and now we have 20 birds nonetheless alive.
‘Initial indications are that the carcasses have been being harvested for his or her physique components and SANParks can verify that now we have referred this matter to police for full investigation.
‘Rangers on patrol found the carcass of a buffalo which seems to have been laced with poison they usually discovered over 100 lifeless vultures and a hyena that fed off the carcass.
Experts say the white headed vulture is critically endangered and unlawful commerce in physique components is placing the species at growing threat of extinction. Pictured: vulture carcasses on the park
‘Poisonings on this scale given the vital nature of vultures globally place this critically endangered species at growing threat of extinction so now we have to finish it now,’ she added.
Traditional healers or witch-doctors consider vulture physique components may give those that take their potions clairvoyant talents and enhance their intelligence and treatment terminal sicknesses.
They additionally declare the ‘muti’ can put those that purchase it the flexibility to appease the ancestors and the vulture-based concoctions have even been promoted to villagers as a treatment for Covid.
Many extremely superstitious locals additionally consider the vulture possesses psychic powers and that ‘muti’ made out of vulture brains assist to see the long run and might even assist win the lottery.
A analysis paper revealed within the Journal of Raptor Research final yr stated: ‘Vultures have been acquired to be used in conventional drugs by poisoning them in protected areas like KNP.
‘Vultures reportedly fluctuate in value from R300 (£15) to R1500 (£75) for the entire fowl.
Pictured: Acting Chief Inspector of SANParks Hapiloe Sello
Researchers who spoke to 51 conventional healers in Mpumulanga Province alone reckon they use 800 vultures a yr however that all through the continent the determine could be far increased.
With simply 270,000 White Backed vultures estimated to be left the International Union for Conservation of Nature has them ‘crimson listed’ as a critically endangered species.
They are very gradual breeders hatching just one egg a yr and with the present charge of poaching for witch-craft functions it’s estimated they might be extinct inside 45 years.
The savage scavengers weigh as much as 9lbs, are 3.5 ft lengthy and have a 7-foot wingspan and their eyesight is so good it’s 20 occasions higher than people they usually can see 8 occasions as far.
Their hooked and highly effective beaks can rip a kilo of meat off a lifeless animal and devour it inside a minute and can eat till they’re so full that they’re typically unable to take off once more for hours.
They soar as much as 8,000 ft on the lookout for lifeless or dying animals on the savannah beneath and a committee of vultures will wait patiently in bushes for 36 hours for an animal to die.
The worst case on document of vulture poisoning was in Botswana in 2019 when three elephants have been poisoned and 537 vultures died after consuming their lethal stays.