One of five escaped lions safely recaptured

One of the five lions which escaped from the Kruger National Park has been caught‚ SA National Parks said on Tuesday afternoon.

 “One has been successfully darted and captured and it is being transported back by road to the Crocodile Bridge area of the Kruger National Park‚” said spokesperson Raymond Thakuli.

Earlier rangers said they had only had sight of three of the five missing lions.

 The search and recovery operation for the others continues with a helicopter surveying the area.

Police had said the pride escaped from the Kruger National Park on Monday and had been spotted near the N4 Mananga area near the Swaziland border. 

It was not immediately clear how the animals had gotten out of the park.

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency said some cattle had been attacked by at least one of the lions near the Komatipoort area earlier on Tuesday morning.

South Africa’s most famous feline Houdini‚ Sylvester‚ achieved international fame for escaping twice from the Karoo National Park.

During his three-week adventure evading rangers‚ he killed 28 sheep‚ a cow and a kudu.

He was recaptured but escaped again last year‚ sparking fears that he would be put down. After a public outcry‚ he was instead relocated to Addo Elephant National Park.


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