How lion, which escaped from game reserve, was captured in Pretoria

File photograph – An escaped lion was captured in Gauteng.

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  • The lion was first noticed north of Pretoria on Thursday morning.
  • It was recognized as Kwandwe, and confirmed as lacking from the Dinokeng Game Reserve.
  • The animal was noticed by a helicopter – after which darted not far from the realm it had first been seen. 

A lion, named Kwandwe, was captured after roaming round north of Pretoria for many of Thursday morning. It had escaped from the Dinokeng Game Reserve.

The seize of the lion was confirmed to News24 by Kameeldrift neighborhood police discussion board chairperson, Petrus Nel, on Thursday night time.

Nel mentioned the lion was first noticed in the realm of Buffelsdrift Conservancy, which lies on the western boundary of the Dinokeng Reserve, between the Roodeplaat Dam and the N1 freeway, north of Pretoria.

He mentioned a resident, who was on his option to work, sighted the lion round 04:45, close to the Buffelsdrift Road.

Nel mentioned a search and rescue operation ensued shortly after.

“It’s been captured, it’s back in its boma and is safe and sound. A helicopter from Dinokeng was dispatched and arrived around 09:00 and it herded the lion towards a team of rangers, who then darted it,” mentioned Nel.   

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Nel mentioned residents in the Buffelsdrift Conservancy and Haakdoringlaagte additionally assisted in the search and rescue operation.

“First thing we did was to get pets, cattle and other animals out of the area, to keep them safe, and we also stopped cars from driving towards the lion’s direction,” mentioned Nel, including:

Our neighborhood, the neighborhood police discussion board, assisted as nicely. We posted individuals at numerous gates and foremost roads to be sure that no different individuals got here in – and, if the lion was noticed, we had eyes in which path it was going.

Asked to explain the realm, Nel mentioned Buffelsdrift Conservancy is giant bushy terrain. It has unfenced particular person properties, which has wild game, together with antelope and zebra, and is fashionable for mountain biking.     

News24 was unable to get remark from the reserve, and their remark can be added as soon as acquired.

Several efforts to get a remark from the Gauteng agriculture and rural improvement division have been additionally in useless.

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