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Escaped lioness found and ‘put down’ – it may have killed 15 pigs

A lioness that reportedly escaped from a wildlife enclosure in the Free State in late September was found and euthanised over the weekend, according to the provincial police.

ESCAPED LIONESS EUTHANISED

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Sergeant Mahlomola Kareli said the 18-month-old lioness reportedly escaped from an enclosure about five kilometres outside Ventersburg towards Virginia on Friday, 23 September at 4:00.

“The search was initiated and a Team from the Nature Conservation set out looking for it,” said Kareli.

The animal reportedly escaped from its enclosure on 23 September 2022. Image: Pixabay.

The escaped lioness was spotted late on Saturday, 1 October, next to the enclosure it escaped from. The police spokesperson said the team made attempts at a “successful recapture” but in the end, the predator had to be put down.

“Further investigations revealed that a local farmer lost a total of 15 pigs killed at his farm,” said Kareli. The authorities are trying to establish if the escaped lioness was responsible for killing the pigs.

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