8 hippopotamus have gone missing in Vierfontein near Vaal river, Fezile Dabi District of the northern Free State KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt


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Saturday, February 25, 2023

8 hippopotamus have gone missing in Vierfontein near Vaal river, Fezile Dabi District of the northern Free State

8 hippopotamus have gone missing in vierfontein near vaal river. It is reported that heavy floods are to be blamed for this.

Members of the public, or rather citizens of South Africa- Gauteng are urged to be very vigilant. Meanwhile the lion that escaped from the barkie was shot dead yesterday.

Members of the public are urged to be vigilant following the eight hippopotamus going missing in the Fezile Dabi District of the northern Free State.

Authorities in the province that are battling to try and capture these hippos, say they could pose a danger to residents.

It is said the hippopotamuses escaped from the Vierfontein near Vaal River following the floods experienced on Wednesday.

In a statement that was issued yesterday, the Free State Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs said it notes with concern the report of the eight hippopotamus.

According to the department’s spokesperson, Mojalefa Mphapang, communities and farmers in the area have been informed and are encouraged to be vigilant and not to confront the animals but to inform the department’s environmental management inspectors when these animals are spotted.

The following officials can be contacted:

Leepile Gaorekoe on 079 951 0200
Dave Hayter on 079 507 8820
“It is unfortunate that the river levels continue to rise, and this makes the search operation difficult. The department will continue to monitor the situation and work closely with other stakeholders, including the farm owner, in trying to locate and recapture the animals.”

The department of water and sanitation’s hydrological monitoring and forecasting system on Friday indicated a decrease in water capacity at the Vaal dam.

As a result, two sluice gates have been opened, said the department in a statement.

The department warned communities downstream the Orange and Vaal Rivers System, particularly Lower Orange and Lower Vaal Rivers, to stay vigilant and continue to exercise caution as the water levels remain high.

“The Department will continue to closely monitor the water flow in the affected rivers and dams, and urge communities to remain alert, avoid crossing low lying bridges, overflowing rivers and streams, and to evacuate where necessary if residing near these water courses,” said the department.

“Due to the recent heavy rains in large parts of the country, many rivers are overflowing, and most dams are full and spilling.”

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