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Carcasses of shot Kruger reserve lions to be used for research

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency says the studies will help scientists understand the life-cycle of parasites in carnivores.

Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The carcasses of the three Kruger National Park lions that were killed will be used for wildlife research.

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency says the studies will help scientists understand the life-cycle of parasites in carnivores.

The agency’s Dr Ferreira du Plessis says the research will help develop ways to counter these parasites.

“We don’t like to euthanise animals unless it’s in a case of a special event. We do try to optimally use situations like these, although not nice, to see some good out of it.”

The three lions escaped from the Kruger National Park over the weekend.

A farmer then shot one dead and wounded another on Wednesday night after they were caught feeding on his cattle.

South African National Parks determined the best course of action was to shoot the third lion along with its wounded companion.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)