24 Feb 2014 15:10pm
GOBABIS, 24 FEB (NAMPA) - A young kudu bull caused a commotion in Gobabis on Monday after it wandered along the towns Central Business District (CBD), leaping over high fences and narrowly escaping being hit by motorists.
The kudu, which is suspected of having rabies, was eventually put down by authorities from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET here after it made itself at home at the back of one of the business premises.
Throngs of curious onlookers gathered around the business premises, which house the Namibia Press Agency (Nampa), the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, amongst others, just before lunchtime.
George Muchebo from the MET, who put down the animal with two shots to its head, told this news agency that the animal will be tested for rabies.
We will remove its brain, and send it for a rabies test. If it is cleared of any such infection, the ministry will then donate the meat to the community, he explained.
The young bull reportedly made its way into the towns CBD from a farm in the vicinity through the thick bushes situated south-west of Gobabis along the road leading to Leonardvile.
It initially leaped over a four-metre-high wall at a local attorney's office before strolling further into town.
Rabies is a viral disease which affects warm-blooded animals.
It is zoonotic, meaning it can be transmitted to humans from another species such as dogs, commonly by a bite from an infected animal.
Rabies is nearly always fatal in humans not treated before the onset of severe symptoms.
The virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death.