Sourced from third-party site: The Lowvelder, written by Stefan de Villiers
A wayward male lion, who presumably escaped from Kruger National Park and had been on the loose in Mpumalanga’s Mbombela area, has been successfully darted and captured not far from where it was first spotted.
Late last week, Juan de Beer, acting senior manager of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency’s (MTPA) Wildlife Protection Services, confirmed that the lion had been sighted, after killing a cow, near the Long Tom Pass on the R37.
The MTPA was informed, and veterinarian Dr Ferreira du Plessis and carnivore scientist Gerrie Camacho went in search for it. Although the lion hid in thick bushes, they managed to dart it successfully.
Upon examination, they found that the lion had some slight injuries, and was transported to a rehabilitation facility where it will be treated and tested for TB. Once fully recuperated, they will decide where to release it.
Lowvelders were kept on their toes for almost a week after the sighting of the lion on the R37 was first reported about 20 kilometres from Sabie.
Earlier reports, that were accompanied by a photo of a “darted” lion, were soon proved as fake.
Watch a video taken by volunteers who were involved in the capturing:
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