Friday, 19 December 2014

NEWSLINK: Large wild cat found stabbed to death in Joburg

A large wildcat has been found outside a Johannesburg metro police station. (Andrew Surtees, News24)

Johannesburg - A large wild cat has been found stabbed to death in Johannesburg central on Friday morning, the city's metro police said.

"Somebody stabbed it, we don't know why," said Inspector Edna Mamonyane.

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"We have contacted the SPCA [Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals] and I am on my way there now."

Mamonyane said her officers were on the scene.

"One of my officers at the scene said it was a cheetah, we are waiting for the SPCA to confirm it," she said.

"It might have been killed elsewhere and dropped there."

No further details were available.

Earlier on Friday, a News24 user told News24: "A gentlemen at my office was on the way to work this morning, he came across a crowd of people to find a sight you would never find in Johannesburg, a serval cat that might be related to the one that went missing by Pretoria earlier in the week!”

On Monday, it was reported a serval had escaped from the Rietvlei Nature Reserve near Pretoria.

The animal had been spotted crossing the R21.

According to further reports, however, it may not be the same cat.

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