On 21 August 2019, detectives attached to Organised Crime Investigations followed up on information about a lion cub that was transported from Thabazimbi to the Western Cape. Various addresses were searched in the Athlone area and the lion cub was found in Athlone.
A case docket of possession of endangered species was registered by Stock Theft Unit and the lion cub was taken to a place of safety.
The estimated street value of the lion cub is R50 000. Three people aged between 28 and 30 were taken in for questioning, investigation is ongoing.
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