Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

Residents of part of South Africa’s Northern Cape province have been warned to be careful and be on the lookout for a cheetah and leopard roaming the streets.

State broadcaster SABC quoted a representative of an organisation 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.

By Joy

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