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SANParks won't use helicopter in search for lions, for now

Four lions escaped from the Kruger National Park over the weekend.

Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Parks (SANParks) group says it won't be using as many resources to find four missing lions as it did for the previous escape.

Four lions escaped from the Kruger National Park over the weekend. This follows another incident in May in which five lions escaped, with only four of them captured and returned to the park

SANParks says a helicopter was used to find lions that went missing in May, but the expensive resource won't be used again as the group of big cats currently pose a low threat to humans and livestock.

The group's Markus Hofmeyr explains: “Helicopters are only used in exceptional cases. It would be pointless to try and track them now with the area that they’re in. It’s very dense bush and a helicopter will only be of help if they know where the lions are.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)