Roaming hippo on the loose in Fourways

Roaming hippo on the loose in Fourways

The Gauteng Agriculture Department has urged Fourways residents to report the whereabouts of the hippo roaming the area.

Hippo in Fourways / Photo credit: Crime Air Network Initiative

Watch out, Fourways - there might be a hippo on your stoep!

According to the Gauteng Agriculture Department, the hippo was first spotted at the end of December in Chartwell.

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Conservation officials are now looking for the animal, which is believed to be roaming near the Jukskei River. The department has cautioned residents of the area to be on the lookout for and steer clear of the hippo.

While hippos are mainly herbivores, they have been known to become aggressive, especially when threatened.

Officials are calling on people not to approach the hippo if they do come across it and to rather report its location. The department has also urged the public to not feed the hippo, in an attempt to discourage him from staying in the area.

Cover image courtesy of Crime Air Network Initiative.

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