Karoo National Park rangers are searching for a lion which is on the loose outside Beaufort West, Western Cape.
Hopes of finding the wild animal have been raised after the discovery of a female eland carcass at a nearby farm on Tuesday.
Park manager Nico van der Walt said “A lion with a full belly is likely to sleep for some time. This will thus work to our advantage and we can gain time on the lion.”
A search party including 14 rangers and about six volunteers from neighboring farms have been searching for the escaped lion for six days.
The lion is said to have escaped when high rainfall in the area created a hole under a fence, which the lion took advantage of to escape from the 1 000km2 park.