Source: Nairobi Star
30 August 2011
A hungry cheetah strayed into a health facility in Taita district last Friday and caused the members of public seeking medical attention scampered for safety.
The panic-stricken patients at the dispensary in Mgange location, Wundanyi screamed for help prompting the villagers to come out in large numbers with arms.
According to an eye witness, Samuel Chawana this is the first time such an incident has occurred. Armed youth cornered the animal and killed it.
According to the Kenya Wildlife Services Taita District warden Constance Mwasho, the animal could have lived in the neighbouring forests and caves. “We suspect that the cheetah could have been living in the indigenous forests or caves in the area,” said the warden. She condemned the youth for killing the animal instead of reporting the matter to KWS officia. “Its unlawful for the public to kill wildlife.They could have informed us so that we could have darted the animal and taken it back to the park,” she said.
According to another witness, Prof Petri Pellikka from the Taita Research Station of the University of Helsinki said his group who were coming from the Vuria mountain to Mgange, said that the animal could have come from the lowlands. “Typically cheetahs have a habit of coming to mate at the hills and probably there might be a female cheetah still somewhere in the hills,” said the scientist. He said the male adult cheetah was about 1.4 meters long from the nose to the tip of the tail.