What a heartbreaking end to a story.
This afternoon, one the three lions who had been on the loose since Saturday were shot on a private farm.
The other two were in the area, but the search team were unable to just tranquilise the lions and had ‘no choice’ but to shoot the escapees dead. The rangers say tracks show there were only three lions, not four as has been reported.
The lion that was shot on the farm wasn’t killed, but badly wounded. Rangers say they had no other choice but to make the heartbreaking decision and end his suffering.
SANParks spokesperson William Mabasa explains the situation:
“Last night the lions killed cattle in one of the farm areas. The owner of the farm shot at the lions and killed one and wounded another. The terrain was difficult and we could not drug them so we were forced to shoot the remaining two lions”