Free State couple's pet cheetah missing

2012-08-29 11:09

Bloemfontein - The pet cheetah of a Free State farming couple is missing in the Wesselsbron area, the Volksblad newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Her owners Dr Japie Pienaar and his wife Magda of the farm Brakfontein had raised the cheetah named Jolie, 4, with four other cats and a dog on the farm since she was a cub.

The animal was named after American actress Angelina Jolie.

The newspaper reported that a concerned Magda Pienaar was urging the farmers in the region, who know the cat, not to shoot the cheetah when they see it.

It was believed that Jolie escaped after Japie returned from a house call in the Bultfontein area on Monday night.

A search was started for the cheetah after she did not return on Tuesday morning. In the past when she managed to get out she would always return to the Pienaars.

The couple had to get permission from all their neighbours when they bought Jolie at a game auction about four years ago.

The report said that since Tuesday they phoned all the neighbours to be on the lookout for Jolie, who was very tame but skittish around strangers.

“We are concerned about her. If a cheetah was seen here in the area it would definitely be her…please do not shoot,” the newspaper quoted Magda Pienaar.

She urged anybody seeing the cheetah to phone the Pienaars at Wesselsbron with the news.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-29 11:16

    And in other news: A couple in Durban, KZN have reported their pet shark has escaped, whilst in the Northern Province bull has gone missing from a couples house in Pretoria. Meanwhile pictures of a missing spear have been posted in a gallery in Johannesburg.

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-08-29 11:37

      Hope they find her soon - it is awful having any member of the family missing :)

      zambezi.river - 2012-08-29 13:07

      Shes out looking for Brad!

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-29 11:28

    Labour disputes! at least I did not pass by the farm.hehehe!

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-08-29 11:36

      You sure are a dumbo!

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-29 11:42

      a better one than you at least.go play somewhere else whinny.thats if you dont wana get a heartache.

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-08-29 11:41

    strange people from strange cultures please leave the african cheetah in its natural habitat, it never asked to live in your the way it is not our fault you are besotted with our animals, didn't you wipeout all wildlife to extinsion back in the first world

      martin.willemse.10 - 2012-08-29 11:46

      bad batch of tik?

      mulzar - 2012-08-29 11:47


      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-29 12:00

      If us Europeans didn't come and manage the natural resources you and your greedy culture would have destroyed it a long time ago! Facepalm Bongani Facepalm

      moi.carla.1980 - 2012-08-29 12:13


      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-29 12:17

      No... Bad batch of racism!!! They think Africa belongs to them...

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-29 12:26

      jackal your statement came here and found our animals complete after you had brought memmoths and sabbers to extitions in europe..we still have our elephants and dreaming.

      mulzar - 2012-08-29 12:52

      @dnxumalo2: What the hell is "memmoths and sabbers"... "Tigers"? Not in Africa - brought here to be saved from extinction in other 3rd world countries.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-29 12:53

      Evolution - Sabbers and Memmoths, future wild life?

      greg.botha.75 - 2012-08-29 13:23

      dnxumalo2, Mammoths and Sabre-tooth Tigers were killed out with the dinosaurs (whatever killed them), not hunted into extinction you idiot...

  • gaeleen - 2012-08-29 11:49

    You all so sarky - just dont shoot the blessed animal

  • mike.dufham.7 - 2012-08-29 12:04

    Careful here. Please do not shoot the animal if found. Look what happened when a rabbit was killed

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-29 12:06

    “...In the past when she managed to get out she would always return to the Pienaars...” So it is not the first time it escape, it did it before but the owner took no action secure the place in prevent it from escaping in the future. He must pay for all the cost of recovering that cheetah, and the possible damage it could cause to other people while it is on the run. That owner must not be allowed to raise wild animals. I can’t believe that he has 4 more other cats, they must be rescued before is too late.

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-29 12:31

      @Bloodbane you are the dumb one here, details are written in the article

      mulzar - 2012-08-29 13:04

      @jackie.stone.501: Maybe you should read the article again! It mentions cats... no indication that it's Cheetahs! The pot calling the kettle black?

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-29 13:14 fact they must let all the animals go please stop feeding them breakfast cereals and teaching them to speak the have better things to do in the wild the dont wana be bathed and comed like plastic dols.wild means least it has not devoured one of their children...yet.

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-29 13:55

      @Mulzar I am amazed by the level of your intelligent, if you don't know that a cheetah is a cat. 4th paragraph clearly states that "..Pienaar was urging the farmers in the region, who know the cat, not to shoot the cheetah when they see it..." So are you convinced now that a cheetah is a cat, and if you did not know 4 other cats could be lions, tiger, leopard but definitely not your normal domesticated cats. Otherwise they would have stated he owns dog as well. read the 4th paragraph then it will tell you that a cheetah is a cat.

      mulzar - 2012-08-29 14:13

      @jackie.stone.501: Well, well. Did you read Bloodbane's retort? Then with my "intelligent(sic)" being proven so wrong I'll share this lion(big pussy cat) Enjoy :)

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-29 14:54

      @Bloodbane No one said those 4 other cats are cheetahs, but you don't have to be a genius to know that they are not just normal domesticated cats, unless the writer has been smoking too much this morning. And there is enough information to make a conclusion, unless you want everything spelled out for you. That cheetah is gonna escape again because it has been there and know that territory like it has its map. So to avoid all the trouble it must be taken away and he must cover all the cost including if it kills a dog,cattle,etc

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-29 14:58

      @mulzar - Bloodbane is not your advocate/spokesperson, what you got to say for yourself. If you had to write an psychometric test and they showed a cheetah and asked you to choose a similar cat, I bet you will choose a domestic cat over a leopard,tiger

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-29 20:33

      @Bloodbane - I give up, your reason is below par. I believe you are just as intelligent as parrot

  • Jacques - 2012-08-29 12:07

    Imagine that on a lampost: Lost Cheetah, resonds to the name 'Jolie'...

  • jaques.tredoux - 2012-08-29 12:32

    How is this news??????

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-29 12:36

    people this is a wild animal that belongs in the wild I dont understand why people who are not 'backward' keep wild animals in their back yard.that is naturally illegal please let it go! it went to its ideal home it wont starve.bizzare.I wish it kills you when you try to recapture it.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-29 12:55

      It has been imprinted by human. If let into the wild I guarantee you it will die.

  • rahil.khanna.520 - 2012-08-29 12:46

    After that Tiger Fiasco, why didnt they "tag" the Cheetah with a tracking device ? Careless owners shouldnt own exotic pets !

  • lee.naidoo.10 - 2012-08-29 13:39

    Here kitty kitty!

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-29 14:29

      I was thinking the same LOL

  • danielagil777 - 2012-08-30 11:38

    They mentioned it's got out a few times. Please, if you want to keep an animal of this nature in captivity please ensure that your property is well secured and you do not put anyone else' lives in danger. Nevertheless, I do hope you find this beautiful girl unharmed.

  • medfin.practicemanagement - 2012-08-30 12:44

    They found her this morning. Alive and well.

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