South African lion escapes from national park _ again

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Last year, a South African lion earned the nickname “Spook” — “Ghost” in the Afrikaans language — after it escaped from a national park and eluded searchers for more than three weeks. Now Spook has broken out of the park again.

A spokeswoman at Karoo National Park said Tuesday that a helicopter is searching for the male lion, which was fitted with a satellite tracking collar after last year’s escape and should be easier to trace this time.

Spokeswoman Fayroush Ludick says the lion, which escaped overnight Sunday, has become a “problem animal” and will be killed because he knows how to get out of the park and could endanger people.

Ludick says that in both breakouts, Spook slipped under a fence where rain had washed away soil.

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