The missing Karoo lion has been found, after a month-long search.
The lion is now being temporarily held in a jail cell in the Northern Cape town of Sutherland.
It has been reported that the lion ate seven sheep as “padkos” during his 300-kilometre journey of freedom.
SANParks general manager for media, PR and stakeholder relations, Reynold “Rey T” Thakhuli said “He has been captured… and is safe and sound.”
When the 3-year-old lion was spotted in Sutherland, he was darted from a helicopter.
SANParks said the lion is being kept in a cell, as they wait for a crate to be made available to transport him back home.
“He’s certainly not a criminal,” Thakhuli said.
Previously, a lion named Sylvester had held the record for the longest disappearance from the Karoo National Park.
He escaped in 2016, and managed to evade capture for two weeks.
The recently escaped lion now holds the record, with almost a full month on the run before being tracked down.