Pretoria residents claim tiger killed dogs

2011-12-29 22:01

Pretoria - Police are investigating a "tiger" attack that claimed the lives of two dogs near Cullinan, police said on Thursday.

Police spokesperson Johannes Jafta said that while residents from Moloto village in the KwaMahlangu area near Cullinan had described the animal that had killed two dogs as being a tiger, police could only confirm that it was a "vicious animal" that had killed them.

"One can see that it definitely was not a dog [that killed them]," said Jafta.

The dogs owners had reported that the dogs did not bark. They simply howled when attacked. He said no farmers in the area had reported any missing wild animals, including tigers.

Residents who had apparently witnessed the attack in the early hours of Monday morning had been unable to tell police whether the animal they had seen had spots or stripes.

"It was dark when they saw it and they were frightened," said Jafta.

He said there were no other reports of animals being attacked, but the New Age newspaper reported that dogs were attacked while trying to rescue two goats from the beast.

One of the residents, Daniel Mahlangu, told the newspaper that he had seen the wild animal in the kraal after having been woken up by unusual sounds which raised his suspicions.

“I was fast asleep when I heard the goats bleating strangely from the kraal and dogs barking.

“When I peered through the window, I saw a tiger dragging away a carcass of a goat from the kraal, while two dogs were lying dead outside the kraal, along with the remains of another goat,” Mahlangu was quoted as saying.

  • barry.mcbride - 2011-12-30 00:19

    LOL, is this article for real?

      John - 2011-12-30 18:45

      i think so, there was the tiger that ran away from home and wanted to go down to Durban, like every naughty teenager, etc. But perhaps it was just an hungry Zimbabwean? Or Malema taking animal stock for his farm? Or the young Mandela that has to pay a fine to his still legal lawful wedded wife, while he carries on with the lebola girls? ( Daniel, just teasing!)

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-30 19:10

      The ghost of Rajbansi

  • Morné - 2011-12-30 00:45

    It was most likely a leopard. Quite often there is no distinction made between large predators and 'tiger' is used as a generic descriptive term. Cullenin is also close enough to areas, such as the Magaliesberg, were leopards still roam free.

      Zelda - 2011-12-30 09:53

      i agree with Morne, i stay in Waverley a few km from cullinan and there has been reports in earlier years of leopards in the mountains, and one was killed on the highway in the 90's

  • Azurite - 2011-12-30 06:00

    “I was fast asleep when I heard the goats bleating strangely..." You were awake mate!

  • milanrenaud - 2011-12-30 06:13

    Here kitty, kitty, kitty.

  • steven.m.armour - 2011-12-30 06:34

    Tigers in africa?

      Johan - 2011-12-30 07:34

      John Varty is breeding tigers on his farm where they roam free!I do not know where the farm is.

      Jay - 2011-12-30 11:07

      There are a few farms around the country assisting in breeding and protecting the species. Even here in the Western Cape! Its not impossible!

  • Paul - 2011-12-30 07:23

    Look out, Tiger's back!

      John - 2011-12-30 10:50

      $hit Paul, you brought a tear to my eye, brilliant. Only thing is I think they are talking about the four legged variety not the one who can't keep his tiger in his pants. LOL

  • Kopraal SilverStar Mohloli - 2011-12-30 07:45

    Yip, 2 feet tigers that don't respect other ppl's properties....I know them well!!!

  • Patrick - 2011-12-30 07:46

    a tiger? in Africa???

      Beetroot - 2011-12-30 17:02

      Noone knows for sure Patrick?....

  • Patrick - 2011-12-30 07:47

    a tiger? in Africa???

      Beetroot - 2011-12-30 17:02

      Noone knows for sure Patrick?....

  • godesha - 2011-12-30 08:58

    It sounds like the article not so long ago about the prostitute that turned into a donkey.

  • Jan - 2011-12-30 09:53

    yeah, well... they caught a leopard this year in Tiegerpoort and spotted a second one just a month ago in the Bronberg valley. They are there, together with the spotted Hyena, jackals and the Rooikat. Please you guys, stay in your cities and leave the beauty of nature to us. Thanks!

      Ryan - 2011-12-30 16:46

      And who exactly is "us", Jan? I had no idea that a few "us's" had exclusive rights to enjoy nature to the exclusion of the rest of "you". Thanks.

      Beetroot - 2011-12-30 17:08

      Hey Jan, Do I need to come out of the city and help you with the Rhino poaching? 'Us' is not doing a great job!

  • shandukane.moshatana - 2011-12-30 11:13

    i think ppl need to trap it but not kiiiiiiill it

  • Piet - 2011-12-30 13:32

    New unconfirmed reports that Winnie the Poo is now the primary suspect

  • mlvwk - 2011-12-30 16:35

    Check the tracks - unless "tigers" or leopards can fly.

  • Alva - 2011-12-30 16:53

    Maybe a tokoloshe?

  • Piet - 2011-12-30 17:02

    i will have what they were smoking... thanks

  • Garth - 2011-12-30 17:48

    When the Dutch first established a colony at the cape, they named any large predator a `tier' for want of a better name or greater knowledge, hence names such as `die Tierberge', which is named for the high population of Leopards that used to be encountered there. It is possible that the descendants of the unions between those dutch and the locals, still use some of the old vernacular and referred to the animal as a `tier' which police or other, translated to mean `tiger'.

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