South Africa 26.9.2013 10:25 am

Hyena caught in Joburg (VIDEO)

This image of the Brown Hyena spotted at the Randburg Civic Centre on 26 September was sent by Brendan to @702JohnRobbie

This image of the Brown Hyena spotted at the Randburg Civic Centre on 26 September was sent by Brendan to @702JohnRobbie

A hyena that was spotted roaming the streets of Johannesburg on Thursday morning has been tracked and darted.

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.

 

Dr Brett Gardner from Joburg Zoo picks up the darted hyena.

Dr Brett Gardner from Joburg Zoo picks up the darted hyena. Picture Adriaan Roets

 

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.”

 

A crowd gathers around the sedated hyena being treated by staff from the Joburg Zoo and SPCA>

A crowd gathers around the sedated hyena being treated by staff from the Joburg Zoo and SPCA. Picture Adriaan Roets

 

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.

A woman watches as the hyena runs towards her on a Joburg street.

A woman watches as the hyena runs towards her on a Joburg street. Picture Adriaan Roets

 

UPDATE: @JoburgParksZoo later tweeted the below picture of the sleeping hyena.

Joburg Zoo tweeted this picture, saying "She is awake now but still a little groggy. "

@JoburgParksZoo tweeted this picture, saying “She is awake now but still a little groggy. “

 

 

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