Five lions from the Kruger National Park have been on the loose since Monday, and Twitter is taking the situation very seriously.
It was reported earlier that the lions may have been hunting livestock in the area when they came across the carcass of a cow in a farmer’s kraal.
SANParks spokesperson William Mabasa told Lowvelder on Tuesday morning that the lions were still outside the park and that rangers were searching for them.
Gerhardus Harmse, an electrician from Komatipoort, said he saw the two males and four females first at 5am on Monday morning a few kilometres from the filling station, on the way to the Lebombo border post.
“I almost ran into the one lion, but was able to drive around it and came back to shine my light on the lions against the road so that the other cars don’t run into them,” said Harmse. He was on his way to work in Mozambique.
A security patrol car came by and helped Harmse to shine his lights on the lions, and they then disappeared into the bushes. There are reports that the lions have been tracked near the border of Swaziland.
One Twitter user said: “We always happy to go visit them lions, now they are visiting us, and now ya’ll are not happy. Where is Ubuntu?”.
Another said: “Minister of police be like ‘We condemn the escaping of lions, we won’t tolerate this kind of behavior,
These were the other reactions on Twitter:
— GIVEN (@kundier) May 9, 2017
— FROGMan Dyllz (@Dyllz_TSI) May 9, 2017
— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) May 9, 2017
We always happy to go visit them Lions , Now they are visiting us and now yall are not happy
Where is Ubuntu ? pic.twitter.com/KOFNgDzU0U
— APEX (@APEXworld_) May 9, 2017
— M.D.U (@Mdue_Dlamini) May 9, 2017
— Landless Native ✊ (@Talk2Elia) May 9, 2017
#LionsEscape le Nna I would escape if I were them shem! Everyday lion of juda! Lion of juda mara dololo lion of Kruger!
— Thobile (@thobs10) May 9, 2017
I'm not going to work today…#LionsEscape
Is the best excuse ever..
Jhb is VERY close to KNP..
Can't risk my life…
— Diane (@crazydoctorlady) May 9, 2017
#LionsEscape lions don't eat humans ningathuki
— Mongezi (@_Maphutha_) May 9, 2017
On behalf of the Lions I have a problem with the word escape it as if they are criminals. lets say Lions go for a walk???? #LionsEscape
— thembelihle S moyo (@sethemo) May 9, 2017
— Frankie (@SweetLoveTFM) May 9, 2017
#LionsEscape so lions has also joined the zuma must fall strike! I hope they find a short cut to NKANDLA
— ANDY BUCK (@andy_banker_) May 9, 2017