The brown hyena was first spotted at the Randburg Civic Centre in Johannesburg this morning.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre FreeMe said the animal is a brown hyena which is usually very shy and retiring and therefore not a danger to the public. They suspect that the animal wandered into the city from a local nature reserve.
The operation to catch the hyena also included members of the SPCA and Joburg Zoo.
The animal, which made its way through Victory Park and Delta Park until it was eventually cornered on Olympic Road in Blairgowrie where it was darted with a tranquilizer gun.
The Blairgowrie Community Association (@BCA_2010) tweeted: “Resident Carole Ranger : The hyena with vet and spca in good hands. Very dehydrated.”
Eyewitness News quoted the SPCA’s Wendy Wilson as saying, “He’s a young hyena and he was pretty stressed up. We really appreciate the co-operation from all the residents who stood back and helped us to create the blockade. Unfortunately we are forced to dart it because there is quite a bit of animosity, nervousness and superstition surrounding the presence of a hyena.”
The hyena was taken to the Joburg Zoo for further treatment.
UPDATE: @JoburgParksZoo later tweeted the below picture of the sleeping hyena.