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Sylvester the Lion recaptured

Sylvester the lion escaped from South Africa’s Karoo National Park on the 5th June. It’s thought that the lion made a quick getaway under the perimeter fence.

Sylvester the lion recaptured after 3 weeks on the run.

SANParks say that 3 year old Sylvester covered over 300 kilometres during his 24 day walkabout and is thought to have taken a kudu, a donkey and 19 sheep while on the prowl.

Sylvester Lion_Courtesy Facebook

Netwerk24 reported that rangers had spotted the lion in the Nuweveld mountain range on Monday afternoon. He was darted from a helicopter as he lazed on a rock.

The search… A helicopter, 5 vehicles and 20 individuals were enlisted to track the lion with 15 professional trackers, 6 sniffer dogs forming the more recent search teams – it was quite an exercise!

An announcement was made on social media by Leon Müller, assistant director of the Northern Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Conservation who confirmed that the lion had been captured and returned to the park.

Sylvester has been recaptured and is now back at Karoo National Park where he belongs. The lion has been fitted with a tracking collar and will stay in the park’s boma for a few days until a decision has been made whether or not to release him into the park again.

SANParks’ spokesman Reynold Thakhuli said Sylvester wouldn’t return to the pride he came from because he was being bullied by a couple of other male lions.

We understand that during the 24 days that Sylvester was on the prowl the stock thieves didn’t venture out!

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Posted by Zambezi on Thursday, 28 May 2015