Not your average school day
Nelspruit - Lions killed an impala on a school sports field - shortly before an interschools tournament was to be held.
Staff at Skukuza Primary School in the Kruger National Park had to remove the carcass so that the athletics meeting could go ahead on Saturday.
"They killed the buck on the track itself - right on the 80m mark," said school principal Jannie Geldenhuys on Monday.
He said the kill must have happened on Thursday night, because the remains were found on Friday morning.
"We removed bits of guts and other remains still lying there. It was quite safe. The lions were gone already," he said.
He said the lions were later spotted in the village and Kruger rangers chased them away.
He said the athletics track and rugby field, like the rest of the staff village, were not fenced off, unlike the tourist rest camp.
A way of life
The school hosted an annual athletics meeting involving about 250 children from six local schools.
"I showed some of the kids the place where we removed the remains and they enjoyed it," said Geldenhuys.
He said about 400 people, mainly Kruger employees and their families, lived in the village.
"Animals do move through now and then and are sometimes spotted on the rugby field and golf course, but in the day time they move out again.
"All our yards are fenced off. It's quite safe to walk around during the day, but no one is allowed to be on foot after dark - you have to drive. It's a way of life - you have to be careful."