Cape Town – A tiger that was reportedly on the loose around Edenvale, east of Johannesburg has reportedly been safely recaptured.
The young tiger was reportedly spotted roaming around the area on Monday morning, prompting authorities to issue a warning to residents, reports said.
TimesLIVE reported that the young tiger was sighted at about 05:20 on CCTV footage shared by a local security company.
In the footage the tiger jumped from house to house while there were also reports of it being spotted in the open veld, the report said.
A search was mobilised to find the adolescent tiger without killing it.
Another #tiger has escaped in Gauteng. The cat is believed to be an adolescent, which escaped from a home in Edenvale, on the East Rand. The big cat was spotted at just after 5am on Monday morning on Cabot Road, Eastleigh Ridge. @TimesLIVE pic.twitter.com/v7EUOyQ2Nz
— Orrin Singh (@orrin417) January 30, 2023
According to Gary Wilson from S.W.A.T. SOS 24/7, the tiger was located and sedated, adding that the tiger would be taken to a sanctuary for safekeeping, reported News24.
The report said that the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development had been informed of the tiger.
“The National Council of SPCAs has contacted and alerted [the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development] regarding this case, given that they are responsible for issuing permits and allowing these dangerous and wild animals to be kept in captivity in a residential area,” the report quoted National Council of SPCA’s spokesperson, Keshvi Nair as saying.
Meanwhile, the owner of the tiger remained unknown.
This came shortly after an eight-year-old tigress, Sheba escaped from her cage in the Walkers Fruit Farm area.
Sheba was on the loose for four days, attacking a man and killing several animals before she was euthanised.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe