JOHANNESBURG, Jan. 30 (AP) — South African animal welfare officials on Monday successfully sedated and captured a tiger that was found roaming a residential area east of the capital, Johannesburg.
Guards monitoring security cameras at an office building in the Johannesburg suburb of Edenville said they spotted the big cat early on Monday and took part in the arrest, during which officers used darts laced with sedatives.
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Residents were warned to remain vigilant and to keep all animals indoors.
This is the second tiger escape in South Africa in as many weeks.
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It’s unclear where or when the latest tiger came from, but authorities believe it was an escaped pet.
Two weeks ago, another escaped tiger was euthanized after about four days at large in Walkerville, south of Johannesburg.
The death of Sheba the Walkerville tiger has sparked calls from animal welfare groups for the government to ban citizens from keeping wild animals as pets.
One person who was attacked by a tiger survived, while two dogs were killed.
“There is no doubt that keeping wild animals in captivity also puts people at risk of attack. With basic legislation and no inspection by authorities, it has become all too easy for laymen to own and keep dangerous and exotic wild animals,” says SPCA Say. (Associated Press)
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