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SANParks: Do not approach escaped lions, rather call the police

Four lions went missing from the Kruger National Park over the weekend.

Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Parks (SANParks) is urging residents in and around Mpumalanga not to approach any lions if they spot them roaming the streets but rather to call police.

Four lions went missing from the Kruger National Park over the weekend.

They were last seen near a road a few kilometres from the park on Sunday night.

Officials say it’s not clear at this stage how the animals managed to escape given that most of the perimeter is fenced off.

SANParks spokesperson William Mabasa said, “Lions are dangerous animals and we’re asking people to who may spot them, to report them to us or the nearest police station.”

This follows another escape about two months ago, in which five lions went missing.

Four of them were captured and taken back to the park but the fifth one has not been found.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)