6 animals electrocuted in 'freak accident' at South Africa's Kruger park

6 animals electrocuted in 'freak accident' at South Africa's Kruger park

6 animals electrocuted in 'freak accident' at South Africa's Kruger park originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

Six large animals were electrocuted to death at South Africa's biggest national park in what officials described as "a freak accident."

A heavy storm toppled a power line in the Skukuza section of Kruger National Park last Friday, exposing a live cable that killed a giraffe and a white rhino, according to park spokesman Isaac Phaahla.

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PHOTO: White rhinoceros or square-lipped rhinoceros in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park in South Africa are the second largest land mammals in the world.  ( Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images, FILE)
PHOTO: White rhinoceros or square-lipped rhinoceros in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park in South Africa are the second largest land mammals in the world. ( Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images, FILE)

Two lions and two hyenas were also electrocuted while trying to feed on the carcasses.

"I think they also touched the live wire," Phaahla told ABC News via telephone Wednesday. "It is a freak accident."

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PHOTO: A hyena is pictured in Kruger National Park on Feb. 6, 2013, in Skukuza, South Africa. (Ian Walton/Getty Images, FILE)
PHOTO: A hyena is pictured in Kruger National Park on Feb. 6, 2013, in Skukuza, South Africa. (Ian Walton/Getty Images, FILE)

Park rangers discovered the dead animals the following day. The rhino's horns were removed for safekeeping, according to Phaahla.

The world-renowned Kruger National Park is one of Africa's largest game reserves. It spans more than 7,523 square miles, roughly the size of Israel.

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