Two hyenas escaped from a South African wildlife park Wednesday by chewing through an electric fence during a power outage, but were recaptured within half an hour, the park said.
“The power went off… and the hyenas — who will chew through wire and even iron bars — managed to escape,” said Earl Smith, general manager of the Lion Park, located just outside Johannesburg.
“The hyenas always try to escape if there is a long power failure. The lions don’t try to escape,” he told the Sapa news agency.
He said park employees tracked the hyenas and recaptured them near one of the main roads leading into Johannesburg.
He described the animals as “shy and timid” and said there was never any risk to the public during their foray into freedom.