A GOAT herder from an informal settlement near Usakos, who fought a leopard with his bare hands to save one of the goats he was tending, miraculously survived the attack along with two other men.
In a time where the livelihoods of many Namibian is hanging by a thread as a result of drought and the impact of sustained lockdown measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, the bravery displayed by the 48-year-old Esegiël Titifo is extraordinary.
According to the incident report provided by the Namibian Police in the Erongo Region, the incident occurred at #Goabeb near Usakos at about 17:00 on Monday afternoon.
Titifo intervened when a leopard caught one of the goats he was tending while alone in the flied.
The fearless goat herder went up to the huge big cat and tried to wrestle the goat away from it.
In the process, the leopard attacked him and injured his left arm.
According to the police report, Titifo at some stage stood away from the fight with the leopard and managed to use his mobile phone to summon two of his friends to help him get his goat back from the dangerous cat.
The two friends, the 39-year-old Frans //Garoeb and the 40-year-old Enrico !Goraseb rushed to the scene, but when they arrived were also attacked by the leopard when they physically engaged the predator in an attempt to save the goats.
In the process, !Goraseb sustained serious injuries to his head and his right arm while //Garoeb was also attacked in the head, which resulted in deep open wounds.
The three victims were taken to the Usakos State Hospital for emergency medical treatment and are currently in a stable condition.
According to the incident report, officials from the Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism were informed about the human wildlife conflict situation at #Goabeb.