By LONAH KIBET
Wild animals struck again in Kitengela, Kajiado County, on Sunday night, slaying twelve pigs and injuring others as a terrified and helpless owner watched.
Rose Boen said they heard loud noises from the pigsty and thought it was the piglets suckling.
The noise became deafening and she rushed outside only find her workers trying to scare away the wild animals.
The pack of six charged at them when they tried to scare them away with a flashlight. Residents said they were dark in colour and could not tell if they were leopards or lions.
“These animals have been our frequent visitors and we always manage to scare them away but this time they came charging at us,” said Boen.
This time round, the owners of the slain animals had to be rescued by neighbours who took them to safety.
Boen was shocked at the bloody sight of her investment. She says she had taken a loan in March and invested in the pig business.
She said this was big blow to her as she was to repay the bank loan with the sale of the pigs to Farmers Choice outlets.
Boen said her loss amounts to over Sh400,000. She added that she would have lost all her pigs had she not separated them according their feeding habits.
“I was to make my first big profit next month. One pig weighs about 180kg and a kilogramme goes for Sh195, with the twelve pigs that would have been my big breakthrough. I have not even added the cost of feeds, workmanship, veterinary doctor and the medication,” lamented Boen.