Baby genets survive brutal dog attacks

2009-06-25 00:00

TWO baby spotted genets were rescued after being attacked by dogs in Howick last month.

In two separate incidents, the three-month-old genets were taken to the Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (Crow) in Durban after residents alerted Crow to the attacks.

Houdini was attacked by a Jack Russell terrier and Genie by an Alsatian.

Natasha Brown, Crow spokeswoman, said that when the genets arrived at the centre, they had bite marks on their heads and puncture wounds to their faces and bodies.

Brown said the animals received specialised treatment, antibiotics and were hand fed a mixture of Kitty Milk (cat formula) and SMA infant formula.

“They are now on a special diet of meat, eggs, fruit and fish,” she said.

Brown said that both animals were on their way to making a full recovery.

“The recovery period for each animal varies, but they will be staying with us until they are able to fend for themselves,” she said.

Brown said once they have recovered, the genets will be released back into their natural environment.

Brown said genets are timid animals and Crow has been receiving increased numbers of them. Most have been attacked by dogs or caught in traps.

Crow is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that relies soley on the public and corporate companies for donations and funding.

If you encounter an injured animal, or for more information, call 031 462 1127 or e-mail education@crowkzn.co.za.

Genets are superficially cat-like creatures, despite being unrelated to felines. Most of them have spotted coats and large, banded tails, small heads and large ears. Genets have strong musk glands, which they use to mark their territory. They are highly agile and have exceptional climbing skills. Their diet consists of mostly rodents, birds, reptiles and fruit. They are extremely timid animals.

— Source: Crow.

 

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