1921 – “STAMPEDE”
By Mid May, 1921, this drought had taken its toll on wildlife. Water holes that generally replenished from March-May were still dry. Grass wasn’t not growing back fresh. The great herds of zebra and antelope grew desperate for food and water, bringing them closer to farms that irrigated from wells or into residential areas. And thus began the zebra stampede of May 13, 1921.
“Approximately twenty zebra entered the town from the Kilimani (Ngong) direction” … “breaking many fences and destroying many flower beds.” Having run many miles, the animals congregated near the railway area and became trapped by the fences and "coralled in Nairobi public parks."
Other zebra stopped when they reached “the Swamp in the heart of the town and fell exhausted beside the Nairobi river.” Ten animals died from exhaustion or from injuries, having collided with cars. The article did not state what was done with the living zebra but presumably they were given food and water before being released out of town.
Next week: More Nairobi news
Clip and quotes taken from The Leader of British East Africa. May 14, 1921
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