Residents in Fochville in Gauteng have been warned to move with their eyes open following report that at least, five lions are currently roaming about in the area.
Initially, it was reported that it was a single male lion that was moving about the streets. But after the police were alerted, they found that four other lions were also on the loose.
The Captured in Africa organisation confirmed that police in the area spotted another four lions after they received a report that it was just one.
The organisation’s Drew Abrahamson, however, gave an assurance that they will locate the five lions, as they are closely working with the police, Disaster Management and farmers.
“The guards have the visual. They were standing at a calf that had died and the next minute five lions were walking towards them across the field.
“They were a little bit concerned not to lose them because you can’t get out of your vehicle and track them on foot,” she said.
Abrahamson said the organization is still not sure where the Lions originated from but that they could have come from the Free State or North West provinces.
“It is still unclear whether they were wild or bred in captivity. Lions are known to cover vast distances, especially if there are no other pride in the vicinity to limit their movements,” she added.
She also called on the community and authorities in the area to be very co-operative.
Meanwhile, the Captured in Africa has returned to Johannesburg this morning to collect additional crates and other equipment, and to work on a new strategy. The team is expected to return to the site at around 15:00 on Saturday afternoon.
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In May, SANpark used a helicopter to find some missing lions after a public alarm was raised. The missing Kruger lions were later rescued with the use of helicopters.