Crow: Bismarck in bid to raise cash for wild animals

2012-11-27 00:00

SHARKS and Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis has taken time out of his intensive rehabilitation schedule to show his support for a cause close to his heart.

Earlier this year, the self-confessed animal lover endorsed a 2013 wildlife calendar campaign that aims to raise much-needed funds for the Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (Crow), a Durban-based wildlife centre that rescues and rehabilitates more than 3 000 wild animals from in and around KwaZulu-Natal and other parts of the country every year.

Du Plessis first got involved with Crow in late 2011 when he adopted Skip, a rare black Springbok that the organisation had rescued, and later released the animal on his family’s farm in the Free State.

The funds raised from selling the calendar, titled African Exposures and published by Under an African Sky, will be used towards the purchase of a 4x4 release and monitoring vehicle that can be utilised to rescue animals in the wild and assist with soft releases.

The calendars, which feature the wildlife photography of Shane Doyle, cost R150 and can be bought from Crow’s centre in Yellowwood Park and selected Spar outlets in the greater Durban area. The public can also view and buy the calendars online at www.underanafricansky.co.za.

Meanwhile, Du Plessis has told Michael Marnewick, editor for the Sharks website, that his rehab is going really well.

“We’ve been training for about four-and-a-half weeks to get some motion and mobility back in my leg and to bulk the leg up a bit. It is tough, but I am starting to push it now,” he said.

“It was a big operation, for a rugby player, the cruciate ligament is just that — crucial. I am struggling, I won’t lie, but I had a great doctor who I have seen three times since the operation and he’s very happy with the operation and progress and he believes the healing process is going according to plan. We have been working closely together and everything is going really well.”

Du Plessis didn’t want to put a date on his return, but said he would probably miss a few weeks of next year’s Super Rugby tournament. “There are sometimes complications or the healing process is faster than expected. I’ll play when I am ready …”

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