Abraham the Camel, one of Kimberely's most beloved animals, was speared to death on Tuesday morning by poachers who are believed to have wanted the meat.
According to the Diamond Fields Advertiser, workers at the 8Myl Animal Farm, a petting zoo that rehabilitates and cares for animals, were alerted to the attack by barking dogs early on Tuesday morning.
When they found Abraham, he already had numerous stab wounds and two of the spears used in the attack were still piercing his body. Although the workers chased the three suspects, the suspects managed to escape. The poachers left behind several plastic grain bags that are typically used by poachers to transport meat, the newspaper reported.
The police were alerted and K-9 dogs were brought in to track the suspects, but no arrests have been made.
The Diamond Fields Advertiser quoted 8Myl Animal Farm owner Ida Sonnenberg as saying: "My heart is broken. Of all the game on the farm, why did they have to kill Abraham, one of our most beloved animals? He was part of our family and considered to be the farm's 'grandfather'. I am struggling to find words to express the loss I am experiencing.
"This makes me lose my faith in humanity. I just wonder what he must have experienced in those last minutes before he died because he was such a loving animal. Although he might have been grumpy at times, his face always lit up when someone walked up to him with food."
Abraham was believed to have been between 20 and 30 years old. He was acquired along with another camel called Job, which died of old age two months ago, the Diamond Fields Advertiser reported.