At least five animals, including a giraffe and a white rhinoceros, have been murdered in a freak accident after a pillar of Eskom collapsed in the Kruger National Park near Skukuza during the weekend.
The animals were electrocuted when the pylon fell during a strong storm on Friday night in the southern part of the park, exposing a live cable.
The downturn was discovered when the Eskom teams were called to resolve an electrical failure in the Skukuza field.
During the inspection of the power line, Eskom workers discovered a lion that fed on the cane of a dead rhino.
SANParks spokesman Ike Phaahle said that section operators were called to drive the lion, so that the live power line could be repaired, which was lying on the ground.
During a major inspection, the rangers found a dead giraffe, two hyenas and a lion near the Rhino channel.
It is suspected that the giraffe was electrocuted, and that the lion and Hienja were killed by live wire while trying to feed on the channel.
The rhinoceros horns were removed and taken safely in a secret storage facility in Skukuza, where all horns are maintained.
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