Hi All, Rae Kokes has asked me to send out this email regarding the recent Lion incident in Kariba. Please check out the link on her website for more details. I will not be sending out any more comments about it. Regards, Mike G http://www.lionalert.org/article/Matusadona_Lion_Project_Update
"Dear all, please find a revised version of my original statement regarding the lion incident in Matusadons on the 4th September.
The revision is the time of the attack - a crucial piece of information. I had been adamant the attack took place at c.6:30pm. Having found a hastily written incident report written during the event, which I had believed to be lost, I have seen I was incorrect and I heard shouts shortly after 6pm.
My sincere apologies for any further stress and qualms this error has caused. My only defence is that I was not thinking very clearly for sometime after the incident, but this is no excuse.
I would like to point out 6pm 10 days ago is twilight and hardly 100% visibility in the bush. This is also when lions are often at their most active.
I do not believe any single person is to blame for what took place. It was sadly a case of the wrong place at the wrong time. All those involved did their very best in very stressful circumstances. It should be seen as a reminder however the dangers of moving in a wildlife area.
Many, many apologies again and I hope my message will allow everyone to move on.
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