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Only in South Africa!

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The country woke this morning to an exciting bit of news... Nestled in amongst the sports, weather, politics and criminal justice reports was this one:
 
Panjo the Tiger is wandering loose somewhere in Mpumalanga! He escaped from the back of his owner's bakkie while en route to a vet and (miraculously) managed to escape being hit by a passing motorist or causing a multi-car pile up. 
 
He is a 17 month old "tame" Bengal tiger who has been kept as a "pet" and a local TV newscaster advised (and I'm NOT joking) that anyone who spots Panjo should do the following....
  1. Shake a stick at him.
  2. Shout "no".
  3. Give him a bit of chicken.
  4. Call the owner to let her know where you spotted Panjo.
Now - I'm not an expert on Tigers and have never kept one as a pet ... but I strongly suspect that if I met Panjo while on my way to the supermarket .... I might not be able to muster sufficient meaningful authority in my tone for the word "no" to send him on his way? 
Also - I'm a bit concerned that a Bengal tiger might require a bit more sustenance than a chicken wing?
 
Jokes aside - the Pet Fairy is sending lots of positive thoughts into the ether that Panjo is found before some eager beaver with a gun decides to pot him for his trophy wall or he eats something he shouldn't!
 
Here's a toast to pet ownership in South Africa - very much like the country itself - it's NOT for sissies!
 
 

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