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Maasai Boy Survives Buffalo Attack

The African buffalo is the second most dangerous animal in Africa.

Buffalo’s are quite heavy, weighing in at 1.5 tons and, stand tall at 1.7 meters high and approximately 2.8 meters long. When these animals feel that they are in danger they attack head on, using their extremely sharp horns.

This is what happened to Lection this summer in Tanzania.

Lection was going about his daily business herding his cows when he stumbled across a herd of Buffalo.

The buffalo herd got startled and immediately went into defense mode and ran after Lection.

A buffalo can easily out run a human, and can get up to speeds of 35–40 miles per hour.

It hooked Lection with it’s horn in the inside of his leg throwing him to the ground. It then proceeded to stomp on his leg, crushing all the bones.

Lection had been herding his cows with some other boys, they also had with them a few dogs.

The dogs went into their own frenzy and miraculously scared the buffalo away.

By this stage Lection’s leg was severely damaged, but he was alive.

He was then taken to Meserani Snake Park to be cared for.

Meserani Snake Park is situated 20 minutes out of Arusha in Tanzania.

Here they have a free medical clinic that treats over 1000 patients per month all free of charge.

Lection was quickly evaluated, his leg was so badly damaged it was decided that he needed to be sent to the local hospital in Arusha for his leg to be amputated.

The procedure took place, Lection was then sent back to the Snake Park to recover and be cared for my the medical team at the clinic.

I meet with Lection not to long after his operation, he was in good spirits.

We took him soda’s and reading material, stuff like that.

Ma and BJ the owners of the park, kindly organized for Lection to get a prosthetic leg. Just one example of the fantastic work the people at the Snake Park do!

Lections only concern was that he wouldn’t be able to herd his cows.

So we sat with him and showed him some videos of other people that have had limbs amputated, that live a completely normal life.

He was amazed when we showed him, big smiles from ear to ear and then he asked, “Will I be able to bend me knee?”

He went for a few fittings and here is the end result.

Yes Lection can bend his knee.

One happy boy. He has made a full recovery and is looking forward to getting back to his daily life.

Lection is extremely lucky to be alive, and I do feel if it wasn’t for those dogs the outcome could have been far worse.

Please remember buffalo’s are aggressive, they may look harmless, they should not to be looked upon as an over sized cow.

Great work to the Snake Park for giving Lection a new start to life.


Tania Bale

African Art Online.Com

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