Biggest tiger hunt in Africa over

Panjo, the Bengal Tiger (Photo: News24)

Panjo (the tiger I wrote about yesterday) has been found alive and well, and has been returned home. After what has been described in one newspaper as “the biggest tiger hunt in Africa” (the only one surely?!), Panjo was tracked down to a patch of forest.

The big cat retreated into the undergrowth as it was alarmed by literally being put in the spotlight, and frightened by the human and canine trackers. However, after being called to by his owner for 10 minutes (this is a cat after all!)  he came out for a cuddle and a snack.  According to reports he purred all the way back home!

The story has dominated local news this week and resulted in some very amusing headlines:

Even though I am pleased about the happy outcome to this story, and by all accounts Panjo loves his owners and they him, I have a problem with wild animals being kept in captivity. Panjo lives on a game farm and was hand-reared after being abandoned by his mother. I reckon he lives a pretty good life i.e. not in a zoo or a circus.  But it’s still not the ideal situation.

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