SYLVESTER The Lion

Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:40 pm

Lion on the loose outside Beaufort West
2015-06-08 15:42

Jackie Kruger, News24


Beaufort West - A massive search is under way for a lion that escaped from the Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West and is suspected by now to be on a private farm.

The 3-year-old lion is believed to have escaped on Friday through a hole that formed under the fence after a heavy flow of water.

The hole is underneath the fence on the western side of the park, next to the Fraserburg road, and the suspicion is that the lion made his way through a stormwater pipe to one of the farms in the area.

A farmer who spotted lion tracks on his farm, informed the park authorities.

“The park is surrounded by farmers, that is why we believe the lion to be on farmland," SanParks spokesperson Fayroush Ludick said.

She said they had launched an air and ground search.

“Fortunately we already had a helicopter in the park. We have been searching the whole weekend, but without success. We suspect the lion has been driven away by an older lion.”

SanParks said in a statement that trackers have found lion tracks, but their efforts had been seriously hampered by the rocky terrain.

Personnel from the Addo Elephant Park and the Mountain Zebra National Park have now joined in the search.

People with information of the lion's whereabouts can call Brian van der Westhuizen at the Karoo National Park on 023 415 2828.

An American tourist was killed by a lion in the Lion Park near Lanseria in Johannesburg last week.



http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/ ... t-20150608

Re: Lion on the loose outside Beaufort West

Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:48 pm

Hope this will end well for the animal and the people!

Re: Lion on the loose outside Beaufort West

Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:54 pm

I don't know that lions care much for fences anyway... -O-

Re: Lion on the loose outside Beaufort West

Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:29 pm

I cross the fingers to the Lion... and people ;-)

Re: Lion on the loose outside Beaufort West

Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:05 pm

He's on his way back to Addo ;-)

Re: Lion on the loose outside Beaufort West

Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:23 pm

=O: =O: =O:

Re: Lion on the loose outside Beaufort West

Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:30 pm

PJL wrote:He's on his way back to Addo ;-)

Although by the sounds of it this is a young-ish one who might not know where his roots are... maybe he's heading all the way back to KTP. :yes:
I have a feeling I might be watching a Disney movie about this in a years time with my kids ..0..

Re: Lion on the loose outside Beaufort West

Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:37 pm

The Cape people get all excited about this sort of thing...up here we just hunker down and hope for the best, or claim damages re. stock deaths! lol

Re: Lion on the loose outside Beaufort West

Sat Jun 13, 2015 11:43 am

Ironically, the lion killed 14 sheep at a single sitting on the farm Palmietfontein! :shock: O-/

It is now, also ironically, moving west to the road between Fraserburg and Leeu-Gamka... O**

According to Fay Ludick, SANParks spokesperson, farmers can claim stock losses from them.

Re: Lion on the loose outside Beaufort West

Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:06 pm

Missing lion spotted by rangers
2015-06-13 12:12

Naledi Shange, News24
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Johannesburg - The 3-year old lion, believed to have escaped on June 5 through a hole under the perimeter fence at Karoo National Park has been spotted by rangers, SANParks said on Saturday.

The lion was spotted on Friday, SA National Parks (SANParks) spokersperson Fayroush Ludick told News24.

"It was spotted on a road that joins Leeu Gamka and Fraserburg," she said.

"It was close to a riverbed and unfortunately, it darted in and out of the bushes," said Ludick, adding that the rangers were not immediately able to tranqualise it.

The Karoo is a hilly region of grassy scrubland and winding dry river valleys, making tracking a challenge.

A helicopter was brought in to assist with the search but the mission had to be abandoned on Friday night when it got dark and the helicopter ran out of fuel.

"But they have gone up again today [on Saturday] and the search is continuing," said Ludick.

When found, the lion would be shot with a tranquillizer dart and transported back to the wildlife park it escaped from.


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