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  • Outcry after SANParks says it will put down Sylvester the lion after he escaped from the Karoo National Park again
    Posted by on Mar 30th, 2016

    In June 2015 a male lion escaped from the Karoo National Park near Beaufort West and was succesfully recaptured and brought back to the park. Well Sylvester the lion has once again slipped under the fencing and is on the loose 20km south of the park, but this time SANParks has said he won’t be brought back and instead they will put him down once captured. This has resulted in a public outcry and petitions for SANParks to save him or relocate him to another park. According to spokesman Rey Thakhuli, the 3 year old lion has been identified as a problem animal having killed numerous livestock and cost R800 000 to recapture.

    sylvester the lion

    “We will not take him back to the park,” Reynold Thakhuli for SANParks told Traveller24. “Unfortunately, this lion has now been identified as a damage-causing animal and will be euthanised”.

    “Thus far, we have received reports that he has killed a cow,” Thakhuli says. Last year, when Sylvester went AWOL for more than three weeks, he killed 26 sheep along with other game belonging to private owners.

    “We have to protect human lives too,” Thakuli told Traveller24.”

    Come on SANParks…save Sylvester and relocate him.

    There is a petition to save Sylvester HERE that will be sent to SANParks.

    Go sign it.

    [pic via SABC]

    UPDATE:

    Following the outcry, SANparks is considering other options instead of putting down Sylvester which they say is a last resort.

    sanparks sylvester

    Stephanie Pienaar says:
    March 03, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Stop killing our lion’s!!!

    Roy Spicer says:
    March 03, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Leave him alone, he’s done NOTHING wrong

    Eric says:
    March 03, 2016 at 7:41 am

    DO NOT MURDER THIS ANIMAL YOU FUCKING SCUMBAGS!!!!

    sindiswa fota says:
    March 03, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Live him alone. He was born to be free.

    Maria says:
    March 03, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Poor thing, he is not aware, please change him to a different Park

    Stefne says:
    March 03, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Stop killing the lions!!!!
    Dis die bewaarders en mense wat heinings span se skuld dat leeu kon uitkom is jul heinings reg hoe kan hy uit en hoe kom hy uit is die vraag?sit hom in n beter kamp waar hy nie kan uit en waar die omgewing veilig is vir hom. Hoekom in die eerste plek wilde diere daaraan hou as jul kampe nie reg toegespan is nie? Teen dieremishandeling en dood maak van diere gee hom vir n nationale park wat hom kan hanteer en versorg!

    Stefne says:
    March 03, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Stop killing the lions!!!!
    Dis die bewaarders en mense wat heinings span se skuld dat leeu kon uitkom is jul heinings reg hoe kan hy uit en hoe kom hy uit is die vraag?sit hom in n beter kamp waar hy nie kan uit en waar die omgewing veilig is vir hom. Hoekom in die eerste plek wilde diere daaraan hou as jul kampe nie reg toegespan is nie? Teen dieremishandeling en doodmaak van diere gee hom vir n nationale park wat hom kan hanteer en versorg!

    Debra says:
    March 03, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Please do not put Silvester down

    Noell Andrews says:
    March 03, 2016 at 7:41 am

    He is only doing what a contained Lion will naturally do! Find a suitable solution to ensure a positive future for this beautiful animal. So many of them are killed daily – do not make him another statistic!

    shani says:
    March 03, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Number one you have illiterate people putting up the fences and now you wanna kill an animal who shows he is more intelligent than humans. You want to kill SYLVESTER cos he wants to be free he is only 3 and still has a chance to make his own pride. All you people want is money and you don’t wanna say the truth that he is up for canned hunting.

    Steven Hammer says:
    March 03, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I want him to be safe. Sylvester is only a lion. #SaveSylvester #LionLivesMatter

    Jane says:
    March 03, 2016 at 7:41 am

    PLEASE stop the killing of lions!!!!

    Melissa says:
    March 03, 2016 at 7:41 am

    You put the lion there, it’s not his fault. Stop resorting to euthanasia. Fix the problem you created.

    Alison Easom says:
    March 03, 2016 at 7:41 am

    This has to stop.

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