Mystery beast attacks dogs, goats
POLICE are investigating a “tiger” attack that claimed the lives of two dogs near Cullinan, police said on Thursday.
Police spokesman Johannes Jafta said that while residents from Moloto village in the Kwamahlangu area near Cullinan had described the animal that had killed two dogs as being a tiger, police could only confirm that it was a “vicious animal” that had killed them.
“One can see it definitely was not a dog ( that killed them),” said Jafta.
The dogs’ owners had reported that the dogs did not bark, but had simply howled when attacked. He said no farmers in the area had reported any missing wild animals, including tigers.
Those who said they’d seen the attack in the early hours of Monday had been unable to tell police whether the animal had spots or stripes. “It was dark when they saw it and they were frightened,” said Jafta.
He said there were no other reports of animals being attacked, but the New Age newspaper reported that dogs were attacked while trying to rescue two goats from the beast.
One resident, Daniel Mahlangu, told the newspaper that he had seen the wild animal in the kraal after having been woken up by unusual sounds which raised his suspicions. “I was fast asleep when I heard the goats bleating strangely and dogs barking. When I peered through the window, I saw a tiger dragging away a goat from the kraal, while two dogs were lying dead outside the kraal, along with the remains of another goat,” Mahlangu was quoted as saying. – Sapa