Developing Story: Tiger on the loose in KZN
Pietermaritzburg - The SPCA and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife are believed to be searching for a tiger that escaped from an establishment in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday evening.
Concerned citizens took to contacting the authorities after a Facebook post by Nicole May at about 8PM.
She said staff from the establishment went to neighbouring farms in search for the animal. Ms. May also alleged that the crew was carrying live ammunition in the hunt for the endangered predator.
Although Ms. May made claims about the owners of the animal, Newsful could not independently verify that portion of her statement with the alleged owners.
Empangeni SPCA Senior Inspector Roland Fivas also took to Facebook to answer several questions about the incident. He confirmed that animal welfare officials were dealing with the case. He said the animal was believed to have escaped from the Natal Zoological Gardens. Mr. Fivas said only vets could dart an animal and that it appeared as though the tiger was injured.
Speculation was rife that the animal had been shot with live ammunition in an attempt to capture it.
Asked Karen Wadsworth Borain: "Can they (the staff) legally just kill the tiger?" Mr. Fivas replied: "Yes they can. Right now it is a dangerous animal on the loose and all steps must be taken to ensure public safety."
By midnight, Ms. May's post had been shared 163 times. Several mainstream media, including Newsful, were tagged in the posts that ensued.
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