Mys­tery beast at­tacks dogs, goats

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS -

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

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