The four big cats poisoned at the Jugamaro Predator Park near Vaalwater in Limpopo will be buried at the park on Sunday. In an emotional Facebook Live, park owner Justin Hernandes invites people to come and pay their last respects to lions Elvis, Taariq and Hercules and golden tabby tiger Kai.
The four cats died on Friday after meat laced with the poison Two-step was thrown into their enclosure. Hernandes believes that poachers were after animal parts to use in traditional medicines, so special precautions will have to be taken with the big cats even after death.
“Sadly we will be incinerating them in the holes so that no one can come and take the bones and do all these ugly things that happen with the black trade because of these bones. Once the cats are incinerated we will be putting in water and filling it up with cement so that the bones get completely concreted in so if they do want it they’re going to battle to get these cats”