The lions killed three Tanzanian children who were looking for lost livestock in a forest near Africa’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area, according to reports.
Children aged nine to eleven from the Maasai tribe had just returned from school on Monday when they went to pick up the missing cattle, Agence France-Presse reported.
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“It was then that the lions attacked and killed three children, while injuring one,” Arusha police chief Justine Masejo said, according to AFP.
A fourth child is said to have escaped the attack, according to The Citizen, a Tanzanian newspaper.
She continued, “I would like to urge nomadic communities around the reserved areas to take precautions against ferocious animals, especially when tasking their children with tending to livestock. This will help protect children and their families.”
Wildlife attacks on humans in the region are rare but not unheard of, as Tanzania allows some communities to live in wildlife sanctuaries.
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The lions that attacked the three children had lived in conservation for three years but will now be relocated, The Citizen reported.
The country was forced to relocate 36 lions in 2020 after a group of increasingly endangered species repeatedly attacked humans, according to AFP.
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