Some inhabitants of Wonder World Estates, which is located on Avenue Lincoln near the British High Commission in Ridge in Accra, have voiced concern about the presence of two tigers in the estate, which is thought to be owned by business billionaire Nana Kwame Bediako, also known as Freedom Jacob Caesar.
Residents complain that the presence of tigers in the neighborhood makes them feel unsafe.
According to sources, neighbors’ attempts to persuade the facility’s owner or management to remove the tigers have been ineffective, since their complaints have been received with aggressive answers on the majority of times.
“The animals stink,” several residents complain. Those animals are kept in an apartment with no fresh air. “A very foul scent emanates from them as soon as the door is opened,” one homeowner explained.
“They are opened early in the morning and sent inside around 10 a.m.,” another resident added. On the floor, they pee and poo. They also create a lot of noise, which keeps us awake at night.”
“No tranquilizers or sufficient training are available.” “No one knows what would happen to us in the event of any tragic scenario,” another lamented.
According to the inhabitants, the animals have been present since November of last year, when they were cubs, and they had expected the animals to be transported to a suitable institution after a short length of time, but that was not to be.
“Having wild animals, especially tigers, in an estate in the middle of the city where there is less than a meter between the buildings and also without any adequate training and care [for them],” they grumbled.
They further said that instead of attempting to persuade the owner to remove the animals, he erected a shelter for them just next to their apartment.
“When we saw them erecting [the structure], we inquired as to whatever institution had granted them permission to erect such a shelter for the animals in a residential area.”
“They stated that they owe us no explanation and thus will not furnish us with any such authorization.” They said that “even if they had such authorization, it was exclusively theirs.”
One of the tigers is said to have once challenged a local (guy) who was forced to flee for his life.
Another resident is said to have been injured by one of the tigers, resulting in bruising on her foot.
The residents also stated that they had reported the development to the Ghana Wildlife Society around a week ago, and that they had been told that the situation would be investigated, but that no good response had been received since.
Residents stated that no official from the organization had come to tell them anything, but that on Sunday, May 15, 2022, they noticed three officials believed to be from the Society in the estate with Nana Bediako, but “they did not tell us anything.”
“They keep throwing us whenever we call to ask how far we are.” Officials had traveled and there had been a lot of back and forth, we’ve been told on occasion.
“They don’t tell us anything, which is why we plan to file a police report if we don’t hear from Wildlife Society after a while.”