28 July 2010 – Groblersdal
A 17-month-old Bengal tiger has caught the attention of the whole country after somehow escaping from his owners’ Ford F250 bakkie on Monday night. He is now roaming about somewhere between Groblersdal and Delmas – which is very far from Bengal!
His owners’ Goosey (51), and Rosa Fernandes (45), hope he will arrive at their smallholding at Endicott near Springs on Wednesday, though how he will do that without GPS they don’t say. Oh, and the Fernandes don’t have a permit for the tiger.
According to Rosa, anyone who spots him should point a stick at him and say “NO!” or give him some chicken to eat. Tiger 101.
If the permit-less tiger is spotted, people are asked to phone the local police station immediately, says Sersant Wilson at 082 8** 4***
Well! No wonder they can’t find it!! Everyone knows a tiger is STRIPED, fgdsake!
I can just see Sersant Wilson’s konstabels tip-toeing thru the bush, seeing Panjo and saying voetsek as they continue their search for a spotted creature!
For a little while the whole of South Africa knew where Groblersdal was. Sort-of: That place you must avoid; there’s a tiger on the loose! One old fellow, when warned there was a tiger around said, yes, he knows, that’s why he’s carrying a stick. It’s not cos he can’t walk without a stick!
Panjo was finally found on the farm Swartkoppies in Verena. The tiger’s spoor had first been picked up by tracker Johnson Mhlanga from Singita Lodge in Mpumalanga, then by a tracking dog called Zingela. The dog’s owner, Conrad de Rosner, works in Sabi Sands Game Reserve, where the animal is used to track wounded game.
So Panjo didn’t find his way home to Endicott near Springs; he had to be fetched and driven there. I hope he thanked Zingela.