Some hardworking Rangers in Kruger Park just rescued this snared lion.
Meliska Viljoen and Meike Pettit from Durban, South Africa were visiting Kruger Park when they witnessed the shocking sight of a snared lion crossing the road in front of their jeep.The lion, an apparent victim of a poacher’s snare, was severely injured and obviously in agony.
According to Mike:
It was just the two of us out for a drive and straight away when we came across this lion you could see there was something wrong. It was shaking its head from side to side, clearly irritated by the snare. It was very tight, quite shocking. It didn’t really make any noise but it was breathing very heavily.
Meliska and Meike marked the spot they encountered the lion with a piece of blue cloth and immediately notified the park rangers of the situation.
Fortunately, park rangers and a veterinarian were able to locate the snared lion near the Lower Sabie and Croc Bridge. This is an area where lions are often found, like this young male who caused a stir in 2014 by causing a traffic jam on one of the Sabie bridges.
After darting the lion, they were able to remove the snare, treat its wounds, and release it back into the wild. The vet assessed that the wounds were not as severe as initially feared and lion will make a full recovery.
Nice work, guys!