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Beware: Cape Town hippo on the loose

2012-08-22 22:35

Cape Town - Residents in Zeekoevlei, in Cape Town, have been asked to keep a look-out for a renagade young hippopotamus which is popping up in gardens and roads after moving into a lake there.

City officials are hoping the 2-year-old calf will return back to its pod after appearing in an unfenced reserve following the theft of part of the boundary fence in the neighbouring water body where it lives.

"The night before last he was in peoples' gardens, obviously there were lots of people out," Julia Wood, manager of Biodiversity Management told AFP.

"And then last night somebody picked him up on one of the roads."

The city will monitor the animal for two weeks but is considering capture or darting if he does not leave Zeekoevlei.

"The public is advised to be particularly cautious, as hippos are known to be extremely dangerous wild animals," the city said in a statement, urging residents and users of the lake not to approach the animal or stop it.

"This could lead to dangerous encounters and may potentially prolong the capture operation by influencing the animal's behaviour. Motorists in the area of Zeekoevlei should be cautious."

The animal is believed to have followed a female hippo who gave birth. The new mother and baby returned to their usual ground but the young hippo, whose sex is unknown, remained behind.

The city has six hippos in the False Bay Nature Reserve and residents have been asked to report any sightings.

Comments
  • gideon.leroux.9 - 2012-08-22 22:58

    "Lekke koppie koffie in die more" en dan BAM! SEACOW!!!

      Marilee de Vries - 2012-08-22 23:28

      LOL!

      jonathancfarrell - 2012-08-23 08:20

      Maybe its the insurance hippo looking for the best quotes! Or perhaps one of the MP's?

      zambezi.river - 2012-08-23 09:10

      Lindiwe Mazibuko at it again!

  • Marilee de Vries - 2012-08-22 23:30

    die plek se naam is dan Zeekoeivlei! Hy wil net woon in sy vlei! lol

  • thomas.obrian.92 - 2012-08-23 06:00

    I think it would be great to have such a large pet in the yard - it would keep the criminals away.

      barry.mcbride - 2012-08-23 06:30

      LOL, yeah but it might keep everyone, including the owners, away!

  • barry.mcbride - 2012-08-23 06:25

    "The night before last HE was in peoples' gardens, obviously there were lots of people out," Julia Wood, manager of Biodiversity Management told AFP." "The city will monitor the animal for two weeks but is considering capture or darting if HE does not leave Zeekoevlei." "And then last night somebody picked HIM up on one of the roads." I obviously thought it was male until reading "but the young hippo, whose sex is unknown, remained behind."

      susanna.smit.7 - 2012-08-23 07:47

      Yeah, I offered a few hundred and the hippo gladly got into my car. Ride hippo ride!

  • shanleigh.sewsanker - 2012-08-23 07:07

    if u approach the hippo u might end up with insurance quotes! WATCH OUT

  • petrivoges - 2012-08-23 07:22

    I have had quite a number of hippo sightings... especially on Bloubergstrand

      thomas.obrian.92 - 2012-08-23 08:58

      Yea, of the two legged kind.

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-23 08:44

    This has happened in Nylstroom as well. When will people SEE and realise that we (Humans) are taking away their grazing grounds???

  • 777productions - 2012-08-23 08:55

    I don't have a garden nor a pool - he could have stayed by me... Zeekoevlei has spiders everywhere...

  • Chris - 2012-08-23 09:01

    Are you sure he doesnt work for the Insurance brokers - he's out getting quotes

  • hennie.herbst - 2012-08-25 10:10

    The Stormers can now change their name to Western Province Hippos and have animal names like the rest of SA's rugby teams..unfortunately it's not really a fitting name as it is very difficult for a hippo to choke:-)

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