WATCH | Tiger on the loose in Edenvale has been 'recaptured', claims security company

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A tiger was spotted in Edenvale on 30 January 2023.
A tiger was spotted in Edenvale on 30 January 2023.
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  • A young tiger was spotted in Edenvale on the East Rand on Monday morning.
  • A local security company claimed that the tiger had been recaptured and would be taken to a sanctuary, but this could not be confirmed by the SPCA.
  • Just more than a week ago, 8-year-old female tiger Sheba escaped from its enclosure on a smallholding in the south of Johannesburg and attacked a resident.

A young tiger that was sighted roaming around Edenvale, east of Johannesburg, on Monday morning.

Gary Wilson from S.W.A.T. SOS 24/7 claimed the tiger was located and sedated. Wilson said the animal would be taken to a sanctuary for safekeeping.

Edenvale SPCA manager Marita Acar later told News24 that the organisation could not confirm if the tiger had been captured as they had not been there when it was found, and nobody had come forward to claim the animal.

CCTV footage of the wild animal surfaced early on Monday morning, prompting authorities to warn residents to be on the lookout and keep all animals indoors.

Wilson said the tiger jumped from house to house in the Edenvale area. It was later also sighted in a nearby veld.

The owner of the animal was still unknown.

Keshvi Nair, a spokesperson of the National Council of SPCAs, said they informed the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of the tiger.

"The National Council of SPCAs has contacted and alerted [the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development] regarding this case, given that they are responsible for issuing permits and allowing these dangerous and wild animals to be kept in captivity in a residential area," Nair said.

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Just more than a week ago, an 8-year-old female tiger, Sheba, escaped from its enclosure on a smallholding in the south of Johannesburg.

Sheba was eventually found and euthanised for the safety of the community of Walkers Fruit Farms.

Before being euthanised, Sheba attacked 39-year-old William Mokoena, landing him in hospital. The tiger also attacked a pig and two dogs. Both dogs had to be put down due to the severity of their injuries.

Note: This article has been updated to reflect that the claim by the security company that the tiger was recaptured could not be confirmed by the SPCA.

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