A lion that escaped from the Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West on Friday, June 5, was still missing on Wednesday when it started trending on twitter.
Park management was alerted when a farmer reported seeing lion spoor on his land. Trackers from the park were deployed to follow the spoor. A helicopter that was in the park for a wildlife census at the time was also dispatched to assist in the search.
Additional tracker teams from Addo Elephant and Mountain Zebra National Parks are assisting in the search.
The missing lion is a three-year-old male, believed to have been forced out of the park by older males. It is suspected he escaped through a hole under the fence line after damage caused by heavy rains. The lion then moved on to the Fraserberg road to the west of the park and entered private property through a storm water drain.