Saturday 23 September 2017

Five lions on the loose in South Africa, tourists and locals warned to be vigilant

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Independent.ie Newsdesk

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South African authorities are searching for five lions believed to be roaming in the country's most populous province.

Drew Abrahamson, founder of conservation group Captured in Africa, said she and colleagues were contacted on Friday by police in Fochville, about 60 kilometres (37 miles) south-west of Johannesburg, South Africa's biggest city.

Police spotted the lions while investigating an animal carcass, Ms Abrahamson said.

She speculated that the lions were owned illegally because any legal owner would probably have notified authorities of missing predators.

A small plane is searching for the lions, Ms Abrahamson said.

The incident in Gauteng province is unusual because much of the area is developed.

In July, South African officials shot and killed three lions that escaped from the country's Kruger National Park.

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