An escaped hyena from the Seaview Predator Park in Gqeberha died over the weekend when it was struck by a car on the N2. The female hyena escaped from the predator park with her brother earlier this month. Her brother was shot dead soon after his escape.
Seaview Predator Park, announced in a statement on their Facebook page, that the female hyena was found dead on Saturday, 17 April.
“It is with deep regret that we have to announce that Brandy, our missing hyena was struck by a car and killed this morning.”
PARK ADVISED TO STOP TRACKING ESCAPED HYENA
According to the predator park there was no safe way to tranquilise Brandy and they were advised to stop tracking her.
“Not one but two well-known wildlife veterinarians told us to stop trying to track Brandy as we were just spooking her. Two wildlife vets told us that there was no safe way to tranquillise Brandy as she would run off into the dense bush and if not given the antidote for the tranquilliser, could die. She had to be in a smallish enclosure or catch cage.”
FRESH HYENA PRINTS FOUND ON FRIDAY
On Friday, 16 April, fresh hyena prints were found near Maitland mines. Wildlife founder Arnold Slabbert said at the time that the print showed signs of injury.
“Another mystery, a lone brown hyena has appeared this morning near Maitland mines. I personally confirmed the spoor belongs to an adult, that according to eyewitness accounts it’s the size of a Rottweiler. More interesting the hyena shows signs of being injured/wounded and is cripple,” he wrote on Facebook.
For two weeks the park monitored the coming and going of the escaped hyena between her enclosure and a nearby farm. The park added that while the outcome was not what they were hoping for, they were relieved that Brandy was not shot or injured by ignorant people.