Body of a child mauled by wild animals recovered at Nairobi National Park
Mystery surrounds body of child mauled by wild animals at Nairobi National Park
Police in Langata is appealing to anyone who might have lost a child to come forward after a body was discovered at the Nairobi National Park on Saturday.
The body believed to be of a one-year-old boy was half-eaten by animals and was missing several limbs.
Officials at the park were on routine patrol along Kisembe plains in the park when they spotted the body of the child and called police at the scene.
Police and managers at the park had initially thought the boy got lost while on a tour with guardians or parents.
They have since concluded, however, he was killed elsewhere and dumped at or near the scene.
The deceased according to the police had injuries to the skull which indicated that the boy had been murdered.
Police at Langata police station said that no one has since claimed the body amid calls for parents with missing children to visit the station.
“We expected a parent or guardian to claim it but we have nothing so far and we suspect he was killed elsewhere and dumped there,” said Langata police boss Monica Kimani.
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) are yet to issue a statement.
In 2019, an escaped lion killed a man outside the park sending panic to residents living around the area, after wildlife authorities sent out a warning that the big cat was still on the loose.
KWS said it had launched a search operation to locate and sedate the lion.
“We are reaching out to the family of the deceased with a view to visiting and consoling them. KWS urges members of the public to stay calm and not to venture out at night until the lion is captured,” KWS said in a statement at the time.
The incident occurred outside the park’s southern periphery, KWS said.
The park is ringed by electric fencing in parts but is not entirely sealed off, enabling traditional migration of the game in search of grazing.
Kenya’s Nairobi National Park is the only national park that exists within the capital city in the world.
Established in 1946, it is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and a diverse birdlife with over 400 species, according to KWS.
The park is just seven kilometres from the heart of Nairobi, and incidents of animals escaping the grassy plains and wandering into the chaotic metropolis are not unheard of.