A 10 year-old girl has been killed by a lion outside her home in south-eastern Zimbabwe, reports said on Tuesday.
Her aunt used a torch to follow a trail of blood to find the girl’s body.
The aunt of the little girl, named as Mitchell Mucheni, saw the lion drag her into the bush, Assistant Inspector Kudakwashe Dehwathe said.
The child’s body was later found about 300m away, he added.
The incident occurred in the wildlife-rich Chiredzi district. A police spokesperson said Mitchell Mucheni had gone round the back of the house to relieve herself while her aunt, 34-year-old Mawonei Muchacha waited for her.
When she didn’t return, Muchacha went to investigate and saw her niece’s body being dragged away by the lion. The aunt called for help from a neighbour and the two used a torch to follow the lion’s spoor.
There are occasional reports of fatal lion attacks on humans in remote areas of this southern African country. In 2015, a 14-year-old boy was killed by a lion while guarding his family’s maize field from elephants in Kanyemba, near Zimbabwe’s border with Zambia.