Darted lion chases man into pool

2013-07-24 00:00

A BEFUDDLED young lion last weekend chased a hunter at a game farm in the Kalahari all the way into a swimming pool, while his mates scrambled for cover in the unlikeliest places.

The 40-something group of friends, all of whom had matriculated from Grey College in 1984, were socialising in a lapa on a hunting farm in Molopo, near the Botswana border in the North West province, when the owner arrived to warn them he had just darted a lion.

After being shot with the dart, the lion had disappeared in the bushes near the lapa. The farmer said it seemed the dart had had no effect on the lion. He had only just asked the four hunters to be on the look-out for the big cat when the angry lion appeared in the lapa, causing the rapid disappearance of the men.

None of the men want to have their names mentioned, but they report that one of them squeezed into a fridge while two big guys somehow wedged themselves into a cage barely big enough for one man.

The fourth man thought he could escape from the irritated lion by making a huge jump straight into the swimming pool. As if in a slapstick scene from a Leon Schuster movie, the lion followed him into the water.

Luckily, the water and the drugs seemed to finally calm the lion, which then allowed itself to be dragged from the water like a puppy on a leash. When the three sheepish hunters managed to extract themselves again from the tiny spaces into which adrenalin had made them fit, one admitted he may have passed more than wind during the big scare and would not be wearing the same pants ever again.

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