Hyena spotted in Delta park

The hyena was last seen at the Randburg Civic Centre. (via @brenttheplanner)

The hyena was last seen at the Randburg Civic Centre. (via @brenttheplanner)

Twitter erupted on Thursday morning with tweets claiming that a brown hyena was spotted first in Northcliff, then in the Delta Park and Blairgowrie suburbs of Randburg, Johannesburg.

"Listener just called in saying a hyena spotted this morning in Northcliff!" Tweeted Talk Radio 702 host John Robbie.

Conservationist and former game ranger John de Jager said that spotted hyenas travel in packs, while brown hyenas are usually solitary and quite rare to see.

"I have only spotted one brown hyena in my five years as a game ranger," Said De Jager. 

According to a Tweet by Eyewitness news reporter Mandy Wiener:

A flurry of tweets soon made the word "hyena" start trending:

They hyena was later darted by the SPCA and will be relocated to a safe location.

Grethe Koen

Grethe Koen

Grethe Koen has an Honours degree in political science and worked at an organisation for prisoners’ human rights before joining the Mail & Guardian online team as a sub-editor. When she’s not replacing commas with full-stops and taking out pesky html coding she likes writing about music, gender issues and whatever is trending on Twitter. Read more from Grethe Koen

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