EDITORIAL | Pounce on tiger pet owners before the cats attack kids
A crèche and a wild predator living side by side highlights SA’s problem of tigers in captivity
The owner of a Boksburg daycare centre on Johannesburg’s East Rand raised the alarm last week after spotting two tigers peering over its fence from a neighbouring garden. The tigers often play on a jungle gym overlooking the crèche.
It sounds like a tale that belongs in a movie script, but unfortunately it is a real situation endangering lives. The school fears for the safety of its pupils and some parents have started keeping their children home — understandably so. What is less comprehensible is our complete lack of regulations around the keeping of exotic animals as pets.
“That fence is just not high enough and those tigers will jump. If they don’t jump into our school, they will jump into our other neighbour’s house and, just across the road, there is an old age home. There are about four schools in this street, so this is a danger to everyone living in this area,” the crèche owner, who did not want to be named, told TimesLive (https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times-daily/news/2021-10-01-crche-children-terrified-of-tigers-next-door-but-it-seems-no-laws-broken/). “At this stage, we are feeling like these wild animals have got more rights than us.” ..