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Donkey strangles owner’s 4-year-old son while playing

By Mason White 2:37 PM June 15, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
A 4-year-old boy was strangled by his parents’ donkey.

The boy of Nyanga, Zimbabwe, was strangled while playing with the family donkey that was tied to a tree outside his parents’ farm.

Tadiwa Moyo of Madziwa, was happily playing with the pet as it was tied to the tree. The child was out of his parents’ sight when the bizarre incident took place.

Authorities believe that the animal attempted to escape the boy’s advances. While the donkey was running around the tree the boy became entangled in its rope.

The donkey finally managed to break free from the tree, dragging the boy for a few meters. The boy’s 30-year-old mother, Tambudzai Machemedze, who was cooking in her home at the time of the incident, later discovered the lifeless body of her son still attached to the rope while the donkey was nowhere to be found.

Police were called to the scene. Manicaland Police spokesperson Enock Chishiri, confirmed the incident and urged parents to regularly monitor their children when they are playing alone to avoid such accidents.