South Africa warns resident over wandering wild cats

Bandhavgarh National Park, India; 17 months old Bengal tiger cub (male) resting in open area early morning, dry season

Residents of a region of the Northern Cape province in South Africa have been advised to be alert and watch out for cheetahs and leopards roaming the streets.

A representative of an organization was quoted by state broadcaster SABC cautioning that wildcats are dangerous and had been seen crossing roads close to a nearby town.

“It’s a bit of a concern they are hungry. They can walk 35km [22 miles] in one night. We have warned the community. The police have warned the community. I have been out telling the people,” Michelle Oppernan of Olifantshoek Animals is quoted as saying.

It is not clear if the cats have escaped from a game serve.

This was the case earlier in the year with incidents of wild cats, including tigers, on the loose which triggered safety warnings in areas of Gauteng province and the capital, Pretoria.



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Francis Ogwo
The young and goal driven writer and cinematographer started his journalism as a print journalist in Kaduna in 2005 writing for Kaduna Chronicles Newspapers, Liberator Newspapers where he became the South Bureau Chief. In 2008, he moved into TV production with an employment into Siverbird Television and Rhythm Fm as a Correspondent. He got certified by Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria(ITPAN) in 2009. After five years of hardwork and training, he was employed as Associate Producer, Moments With Mo and subsequently Producer, Playground on HipTV. Francis currently majors in documentaries and high profile scripts for news and movies. He is currently a Senior Contents Producer at News Central TV


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