Four of the five missing Kruger National Park lions have been recaptured and returned to their home in the reserve.
SANParks says that the lions were darted by rangers after being at large around the N4 highway in Inkomazi for more than a day.
Their escape has ultimately led to some bloodshed, but thankfully, it hasn’t been human.
According to the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency, the lions attacked cattle in the Komatipoort region on Tuesday.
The lions have been captured with the help of the SAPS and the MTPA, and SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni says he’s grateful for the shift that has been put in.
“We acknowledge that the area presented challenges for the search teams,” he says, “but their persistence and dedication under those difficult circumstances has ensured safe return of these animals into the KNP with no injury or loss to human life.”
The fifth individual is still on the run, and authorities will remain on its tail until the public can be reassured if their safety.