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Eight buffaloes in Kenya electrocuted after running into low-lying power lines, the wildlife agency says

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Eight wild buffalo walked into low-lying power lines in western Kenya and were electrocuted, the national wildlife agency said Friday.

The incident happened in Lake Nakuru National Park, known for its diverse wildlife, the Kenya Wildlife Service said.

Power lines lay low to the ground after a wooden support pole broke. The country’s electricity distribution company has started replacing the pole with a metal one, the wildlife agency said.

Conservationists have raised the alarm in the past about the risk of wildlife being electrocuted by power lines.

In 2021, two giraffes were electrocuted when they encountered low-lying power lines in the Soysambu Conservancy in western Kenya. Conservationists said at the time that expert advice was ignored, leading to the deaths.

Also on Friday, President William Ruto announced the construction of a 100-kilometre electric fence in Lariak Forest in Laikipia Province to prevent elephants from encroaching on neighboring farms.

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