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titus wrings leopard's neck

By unknown | Aug 01, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

A Limpopo man became an instant hero of his community in Phalaborwa after a fierce fight with a leopard.

Titus "Bulldozer" Manyike, 57, was welcomed home on Tuesday amid loud cheers from happy villagers after he defeated a leopard.

Titus, from the Greek, means defender, honourable or of the giants.

The animal had on the same day killed two impalas and a goat before it engaged in a fierce fight, lasting nearly half an hour, with Manyike in the bush.

Manyike and a colleague, Shadrack Sithole, were on their way to take care of cattle and goats when the leopard attacked them.

Though he sustained serious injuries to his head, neck, leg and hands during the fierce struggle, the leopard died during the attack.

Marike spoke about his ordeal to Sowetan yesterday.

"I was with a colleague and four dogs when the leopard jumped on us from a tree," Marike said.

"It landed on my head and I fell down. I wasn't scared but did not know what to do.

"The animal tried to bite my neck but Shadrack, who was armed with a big stick, hit the leopard over the back.

"At the same time my dogs were pulling it away from me. I sat down on top of it and grabbed it by the throat."

When he realised that the leopard was no longer fighting back, he picked up a big stone and hit it over the head.

"I stood up and it was then that I realised the animal was dead."

Manyike was rushed to hospital with serious head, neck, leg and hand injuries. He was discharged on Wednesday and arrived home to loud cheers from his community.

The spokesman for the provincial department of environmental affairs, Lehlogonolo Masoga, said: "Phalaborwa is at the foot of the Kruger National Park, which is one of the biggest animal kingdoms in Africa.

"The leopard could have escaped from the park."


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