Five lions are on the loose in Mpumalanga after escaping from the Kruger National Park yesterday.
Speaking to Jacaranda FM News, Mpumalanga SAPS’ Leonard Hlathi confirms that they are still AWOL, after being spotted by motorists off the N4 in Nkomazi some time on Monday.
“Park officials have joined the search and we are sure that the animals will be captured and returned to the Kruger National Park today,” says Hlathi. “Please don't answer a call of nature when you are in that area because it is dangerous.”
Jokes aside, Hlathi confirmed to Jacaranda that some of the national park’s “most experienced rangers” are on scene to capture the rogue cats.
The station further reports that the lions will not be put down unless they pose a direct threat to the public.
“We really hope that no-one's vehicle breaks down in that area,” quips Hlathi.
Lions are the African continent’s apex land predators, with males reaching a maximum weigh of around 250kg.
According to the KNP website, there are estimated to be around 2 000 of the big cats in the park alone.
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