South Africans woke up yesterday morning to the news that there was a tiger on the loose. It might surprise non-Africans to know that this is not a common occurrence here. In fact seeing a Bengal tiger wandering around is very unusual – they don’t occur in the wild in Africa. Or at least, didn’t!
So old Panjo, the 17-month old Bengal tiger has gone on walkabout after escaping from a vehicle he was being transported in. This is in a farming area, and all local farmers and inhabitants have been notified, and asked not to shoot him. They (his owners and the authorities) plan to track him down and dart him.
Problem is, if Panjo is a hungry Bengal tiger . . . Not everyone has a dart gun handy, when there’s a tiger bearing down on them. One of his owners says people “should treat it “like a dog” by picking up a stick and saying “No” in a loud voice” and that feeding it meat or chicken would also keep it happy.
I sure hope that this has a happy ending.