Panic search for orphaned cubs

RANGERS at the Addo Elephant National Park are desperately scouring the park’s 180 000 hectares for three orphaned lion cubs that are feared to be on the brink of starvation.

Their plight came to the attention of park staff after the lion cubs lost their mother, Gina, about five weeks ago to a suspected snake bite, SANParks regional communications manager Fayroush Ludick said.

“We estimate that Gina died about five weeks ago. It could possibly have been a snake bite, but we are not at all sure what the cause of death was. It could be a list of different things, as we only found her skull and collar. Nothing else remained of her.

“The cubs were last seen on December 20 by a visitor [Jacqui Brill]. Staff have been trying since then to locate them.

– Tremaine van Aardt  

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