Snared cheetah rescued, released

2014-12-18 18:31

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Mbombela - A cheetah which spent at least six weeks wandering around the Kruger National Park with a snare cutting into its neck, was captured, freed from the snare and released unharmed on Wednesday morning.

The cheetah was initially spotted by tourists close to the Crocodile River Bridge in the south of the park on 28 October.
Since then, rangers were trying to locate it.

“The rangers found her 25km north of the Tekwane picnic site. She was darted, treated with antibiotics and released safely back into the wild after it was assessed that she was healthy,” said SANParks spokesperson Reynold Thakuli.

Thakuli said that snares have always been a problem in the park.

“We find hundreds of snares in the KNP every year, mostly set by people living within the park’s boundaries who want some extra food, and the majority of animals aren’t as lucky as the cheetah. We encourage visitors to report snaring at the nearest camp, so we can respond as quickly as possible,” said Thakuli.

He thanked the tourists who reported the distressed cheetah.

“The fact that tourists are helping us means that we are not necessarily managing and protecting the park by ourselves, but together with our visitors, which is a great thing,” Thakuli said. 

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