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Nature reserve apologises to guests traumatised by cries of hunted elephant

Balule Nature Reserve in Limpopo has apologised to guests from a nearby lodge who heard the blood-curdling cry of an elephant being shot multiple times by hunters.

Balule Nature Reserve in Limpopo has apologised to guests from a nearby lodge who heard the blood-curdling cry of an elephant being shot multiple times by hunters.

The reserve is investigating the incident, which happened on Friday night and which it described as "harrowing and traumatising".

"Based on witness accounts gathered to date, this incident seems not to comply with the sustainable utilisation model of ethical hunting in accordance with the hunting protocol that governs all reserves within the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR)," the reserve said,

"If the results of the investigation point to unethical behaviour or behaviour that is contrary to established protocols we will have no hesitation in taking the appropriate disciplinary action," said the reserve in a statement.

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