UPDATE: Whereabouts of lion pride still unknown

2017-09-11 12:04 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - The whereabouts of the pride of five lions loose in Fochville, West Rand, is still unknown, as the plans for temporary housing after capture has changed.

On Sunday the Pittrack K9 Conservation unit and the Captured in Africa Foundation completed proceedings to make an attempt for the capture of the lions, which included air support that were combing the area, says Carl Thornton from Pittrack. The tracking team have stood down temporarily as they change dogs and regroup.

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"So what we're doing now is that we are going to come up with another plan, get a bigger carcass in position there and get some capture cameras up in place," says Thornton. "We do have another team that we are busy assembling now to go deploy to carry on in the interim, checking on the lions with other canines and other game plans, and everyone is still on the lookout."

The group have still not been able to determine the mysterious origins of the pride, but plans to temporarily house the lions at the Pretoria Zoo has changed due to space issues.

Thornton noted that they are still waiting on permits before they can disclose the new location.

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Another two cows have been killed in the area on Monday, though based on the pictures Thornton is not convinced it was the lions. "We don't want people running around on false information," urges Thornton.

"We just need to investigate the matter before we put claims through so we can just have our information straight." They have sent a team by helicopter to investigate and waiting on conservation authorities to confirm.

The lions had tweeple showing up with the best Tweets, proving that South Africans know how to make the best of a situation.

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