Panjo relaxing at home

2010-07-29 14:02

Nelspruit - Panjo the hand-reared tiger spent Thursday morning lolling about on his humans' lawn on their farm in Groblersdal, lapping up the attention he was receiving after being missing for two days.

"He's lying on the lawn, relaxing," said Justin Fernandes, son of Panjo's human Goosey. "He's still the same fat cat.

The feline disappeared near Delmas in Mpumalanga on Monday night, apparently jumping out of the bakkie when the canopy opened, and was finally found by trackers near Verena on Wednesday night.

Fernandes said Panjo settled back into his home comforts quickly, having a night bottle on the couch and then falling asleep.

So far no wildlife authorities had been to visit them, but the family insists that they have the required paperwork to keep the animal, and the other three tigers they own who live with a breeder in Zeerust.

He said it was worth the money they spent finding Panjo.

"You can't really put a price on an animal like this. It would be very wrong."

Meanwhile, a vet was expected to arrive on the farm to give Panjo a check up.

After numerous false alarms, Panjo was finally tracked in a forest with the help of sniffer dogs.

His disappearance captured the imagination of many, but also drew criticism from people who believe the family should not be allowed to keep the exotic animal.