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Beth Coetzee
1 minute read
26 Feb 2018
3:06 pm

GRAPHIC IMAGES: Hippo hacked after being struck by truck outside Limpopo

Beth Coetzee

The hippo had already succumbed to its injuries from being struck by the vehicle when local residents began chopping the carcass to pieces.

Locals use axes and pangas to cut the hippo into pieces. Photo: Ellie Potgieter

A hippo that was hit by a heavy goods vehicle on the road just outside Modjadjiskloof was later butchered by local people for meat, Letaba Herald reports.

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The hippo died from injuries sustained after being hit by a truck. Photo: Facebook

The hippo died from injuries sustained after being hit by a truck. Photo: Facebook

According to Ellie Potgieter from Letaba SPCA, a Checkers vehicle struck the hippo in the early morning, at about 05:45. The driver of the vehicle was uninjured.

Local people gather to collect the meat. Photo: Ellie Potgieter

Local people gather to collect the meat. Photo: Ellie Potgieter

By the time the SPCA arrived on scene, the hippo had already succumbed to its injuries from being struck by the vehicle and local residents began chopping the carcass to pieces in order to use the meat.

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