Tiger on The Loose in South Africa
The petroleum company ESSO has suggested that motorists put the tiger in their tanks, unlike the case where a private entrepreneur lost his pet tiger on the way to the local veterinarian.
Thousands of school children stayed at home after parents heard the early morning news that 18 month old Panjo, the tiger had escaped from its owner’s one-tone pick up truck (commonly referred to as a bakkie, by the locals) while it was being taken to the local veterinarian for its annual shots. The children joked that the reason the tiger wasn’t spotted was simply because tigers aren’t spotted- they are striped. Husbands started locking up their wives and placing chastity belts on them when they heard that ” The Tiger ” was loose, implying high infidelity golfer Tiger Woods. But on a more serious note, the quest for the 145kg beast, owned by Portuguese South African Rose Fernandes (who also has other wild pets), reportedly included helicopters, wildlife experts, game veterinarians, police, hound dogs and at least 10,000 farmers in the Groblesdaal and Delmas region, near the town of Springs in Gauteng province, south Africa. But never fear, as the terrified lost tiger is reportedly used to humans and would most likely just want a leg of chicken or something yummy. The owner says the hand-reared domesticated tiger behaves like a pet dog. yet the animal is certainly old and skilled enough to avoid being captured in the tall grassy savanna terrain of the area.