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Eight Hippopotamus on the loose in Vierfontein in Fezile Dabi

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Eight Hippopotamus on the loose in Vierfontein in Fezile Dabi

By Thys Khiba – The Free State Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DESTEA) has warned residents to be on the lookout for eight hippopotamus that escaped in Vierfontein near Vaal River on Wednesday 23 February.

This comes after the recent floods experienced in Fezile DabiDistrict Municipality.

Hippos went missing after camps were destroyed and flooded by heavy rainfalls.

Eight Hippopotamus on the loose in Vierfontein in Fezile Dabi

Eight Hippopotamus on the loose in Vierfontein in Fezile Dabi


“During the recent floods, the camps were flooded and destroyed. Hippos went missing after being flooded out from the
boma at Bellavue Free State private nature reserve (game farm),” said the department.

The DESTEA in the province visited the farm to assess the situation and confirm the incident.

The department has asked members of the public not to approach or feed them if they spot them.

“Communities and farmers in the area have been informed and are encouraged to be vigilant and not to confront the animals but to inform the department’s Environmental Management Inspectors (EMIs) when these animals are spotted.”

Hippos are mostly herbivores, but have been known to get very aggressive.

Members of the public are advised to contact the following officials in this respect:

Mr Leepile Gaorekoe on 0799510200.

Mr Dave Hayter on 0795078820.

“It is unfortunate that the river levels continue to rise, and this makes the search operation difficult. The department will continue to monitor the situation and work closely with other stakeholders, including the farm owner, in trying to locate and recapture the animals,” said the department.

 

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