S Africa'south Sylvester the lion gets new residence after two escapes

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 1:51 PM

The country'south parks service said this week that Sylvester, at three years elderly just reaching maturity, was a excellent candidate for an alpha role, a status that should also hold him contained.

A S African lion called "Sylvester" that twice broke out of his reserve - probably to escape threatening older males - will be sent to bond with two lionesses and memorise how to become a dominant male.

The country'south parks service said this week that Sylvester, at three years elderly just reaching maturity, was a excellent candidate for an alpha role, a status that should also hold him contained.

Latest June, the cat went on a three-week rampage, killing twenty-eight sheep over three hundred kms (one hundred eighty miles) before he was found taking a nap by rangers and airlifted from the Nuweveld Mountains, 5.800 feet (1.750 metres) over sea level.

The S African National Parks (SANParks) branded him a problem animal after his second crack out latest mo from the remote Karoo National Park and said he might've to be keep down, provoking a public outcry.

Sylvester will presently be relocated to Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape province, where he'll initially be bonded with two females in a 200-hectare (494-acre) enclosure.

"This lion, at three years of age, is still youthful sufficient to bond with the two females and ultimately set up himself as the resident pride male," SANParks chief Fundisile Mketeni said in a statement.

(Reporting by Ed Stoddard; Editing by James Macharia and Tom Heneghan)

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