Lions all back inside

2008-11-16 00:00

The two lionesses that had remained at large after escaping from their enclosure at the lion park after the storm destroyed the fence on Wednesday have been returned to their rebuilt home.

The two were lured back to the enclosure on Friday and Saturday respectively, and it has been confirmed that both are in good health.

The two lionesses were part of the group of 12 lions that escaped at the lion park when a tree fell on a fence during a violent storm on Wednesday night.

While the other 10 were recaptured soon after their escape, the two remained at large, causing a degree of panic as there were reports that they had been sighted in residential areas.

There were reports that the lions were seen in Camperdown and also in Hayfields.

However, those reports proved to be untrue, according to Brian Boswell of the Natal Lion and Game Park.

He strongly denied reports that one lion was seen roaming around Hayfields, stressing that none of the lions ever left the game park.

“What people did not understand was that the tornado destroyed the lion enclosure, so when they escaped they were released into the game park and not to the public,” said Boswell.

“These lionesses were reportedly being seen in residential areas causing fear that they would eat livestock.

“However, the truth is they never even left the game park.”

He said the two lions spent two days sleeping under a fig tree about 150 metres from the enclosure, in a spot where they could not be herded or darted.

He said the first lioness was lured back with meat on Friday evening and the second lioness came back on her own on Saturday afternoon.

“The reason it took us two days to bring them back to the enclosure was because it was difficult to dart them, and due to the weather it got dark quickly and it’s dangerous to work with lions in the dark,” added Boswell.

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