‘Tioness’ free? Search for second day of elusive animal seeks more experts – Times of India

BERLIN: Authorities are expected to involve an expert in animal tracks on Friday in the search for an elusive and potentially dangerous animal – suspected to be a lioness – seen on the edge of Berlin, as the search continued for a second day. .
Police used helicopters, drones and infrared cameras Finding the animal is part of the effort as well, along with veterinarians and hunters. They were first alerted to the animal in Kleinmacho, just outside the Berlin city limits, around midnight on Wednesday, when people reported a large cat chasing a wild boar.
The informers also provided a video. Based on that and the subsequent sightings themselves, police concluded that the animal was clearly a tigress. But it proved elusive in the flat, wooded terrain on the border between Berlin and the nearby state of Brandenburg.
Kleinmachno mayor Michael Grubert told local public broadcaster RBB late on Thursday that authorities would try to search the forest with “professional animal track searchers”.
“We have to say that this cannot continue for several days,” he said, adding that he expected the search to “intensify” on Friday.
However, the municipality said on Friday that it still needs to find an animal track specialist, reports German news agency DPA. It was also unclear whether hair found on the tree on Thursday would provide evidence pointing to the animal.
Brandenburg state police tweeted on Friday morning that the search was unsuccessful during the night and was continuing. He urged people to call the emergency number if they spot the animal. Police have said that no lionesses were missing from any of the zoos, animal shelters, circuses or other facilities they checked, and officials say they have no information about private ownership of any in the area.
Grubert says the objective is to capture the animal, if necessary by tranquilizing it.
Not everyone was taking the discovery seriously. Police spokeswoman Kerstin Schröder told RBB that the youth had played a loud recording of a lion’s roar on a Bluetooth device during the night. “This helps neither the municipality nor the police in their search for the animal,” he added.