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It’s a case of Animals Gone Wild this week as we hear of bears stealing toys, going for joy rides and tigers going AWOL.

We begin our report with Panjo the tiger…

This is probably a close representation of Panjo when he was still a baby (with a random sibling).

Firstly, I was glad to read on News24 that Panjo the tiger who “broke out of the back of his owner’s bakkie earlier this week on the R25 between Groblersdal and Delmas while they were on their way to the vet” has been found.  Apparently Panjo was merely in search of some soul food… i.e. some Shiggen Liggen.  It seems that the monkey on his back was getting too big to handle and he just had to satiate his need:

Oh yeaaah... now that's what I'm talkin' about

The owner, Goosey (Goosey Gander) was obviously wrong when he said he wasn’t worried about Panjo getting hungry as “He was very well fed,” and later went on to say that he had “nice pieces of meat for him when we find him.”  Little did he know that all Panjo wanted was probably some Hot Wings with a side of fries.  Oh and of course, Iron Brew to wash it all down with.

He did however mention Panjo’s love of chicken and stated that “…whoever comes into contact with the tiger must point a stick at him and say “no”, or offer him a chicken”.  But Luckily this nail-biting story over the 4 days or so has come to a happy end and it seems that for now, Panjo’s craving has been satisfied and he was taken back home on the back of the same bakkie that he jumped out of.

For full story see links below:

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/No-need-to-panic-about-Panjo-20100728

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Panjo-lured-out-with-meat-20100728

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/No-hunger-pangs-for-Panjo-20100728

And on the other side of the Atlantic, bears have been running amok…

Suspect was seen walking casually away from the said crime scene...

It was reported that a black bear walked into a house in Laconia (I had to Google this place and apparently it’s in New Hampshire) through an open door, ate two pears and a bunch of grapes, took a drink from the family fish-bowl and grabbed a stuffed bear on its way out the door.  The owner of the house, Mary Beth said she was at least relieved to have “arrived in time to save the fish.”  The stuffed bear however was not as lucky and will be sorely missed by her two boys, aged 9 and 6 who now sleep with their doors locked.

Full story here:

http://www.news24.com/World/News/Bear-rewrites-Goldilocks-20100728

And in Denver, Colorado…

Caught in the act

Yet another black bear attracted by the smell of a peanut butter sandwich managed to open the door of a car, knock the gear stick into neutral and proceeded to freewheel down a slope into a bunch of trees.  The blood glucose levels of the bear was found to be above normal limits, causing experts to believe that this was the reason for its lapse of judgement.  “They discovered the car and trapped culprit at the bottom of the hill” and a docket has been filed for grand theft auto but the accused “ran off into nearby woods” upon his release from the scene of the accident.

Public is requested to be on the look out.

Full story here:

http://www.news24.com/World/News/Bear-takes-ride-on-wild-side-20100727

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