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A horrific incident with African painted dogs has been filmed on the same farm that was recently found with severely malnourished lions.

An ex-volunteer has come forward to share her experience at Walter Slippers’ lion breeding farm in Alldays, Limpopo. The incident happened in March 2012 during her time as a volunteer on the property. African painted dogs, otherwise known as wild dogs, are critically endangered predators with approximately 450 left in the wild in South Africa.

“The wild dogs were located in the centre of the farm, but since he felt they weren’t interesting for tourists, Walter decided to move them to the back of the park. He said they will have a big enclosure where they will be more happy. The park team and volunteers made all the arrangements for the big move and when we arrived at the new enclosure with the wild dogs we were all happy for them. It was only the the volunteer supervisor, volunteer coordinator, the maintenance guy who drove the wild dogs and us volunteers.

We let them roam in their new home and in less than 30 seconds after their release we saw them running around in panic. The enclosure was in between two other enclosures holding lions that tried to hunt them as soon as they saw them.

As a result the following occurred:

– One wild dog was so panicked that he ran through the electrical fence until he got out the other side and fled.

– The second wild dog was trying to do the same but was shocked by the electric fence and pulled back, later on he was killed by one of the lions after breaking through.

– The third wild dog got away.

– The forth wild dog remained and the volunteers decided to block his route to avoid him escaping. It still managed to escape and was attacked and wounded by a lion. The lion released the wild dog after a volunteer threw a rock towards the lion.

The regular vet was out of reach (which was the case in most times) so we had to drive for a few hours to the closest vet. The two wild dogs that got away were found a few days later and were reunited with their brother. It’s been more than four years and I still have tears in my eyes every time I watch this video. I will have these terrible memories for all my life.”

As a volunteer visiting facilities such as this – make sure you have done all your research. Ethical sanctuaries do not allow breeding, trading or interaction with any wildlife.


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