Desperate bid to save injured duiker’s life proves futile

2014-07-15 00:00

AFTER suffering a broken shoulder and being attacked by dogs, a grey duiker lost a brave fight after being rescued over the weekend, when it was euthanased.

A frantic plea for help from a Kloof resident set others on alert, who attempted to rescue the animal which had trapped itself in a wire fence, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The duiker sustained a broken shoulder when it tried to free itself from the fence and was later bitten by neighbourhood dogs.

Resident Jason Apsey said he found the animal stuck in his fence.

“We heard it crying at 2 am so we immediately went to investigate and attempted to assist the animal,” he said.

He said that they went “from pillar to post” in search for further treatment for the duiker and finally called The Monkey Helpline.

Steve Smit from The Monkey Helpline said that because of the animal’s extensive injuries it had to be euthanased, as one of its legs needed to be amputated.

“The vet told us that if it did live it wouldn’t survive in the wild with one leg missing,” Smit said.

He added that animals like duikers were at risk especially at this time of the year and blamed human encroachment.

“The animals have very small spaces in which they live because of urbanisation,” he said.

Because of the limited vegetation, duikers in the area cannot sustain themselves and move around at night, often encountering dogs and cars, while trying to find water and food.

The Monkey Helpline, Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (Crow) and SA CAN operate as 24-hour rescue lines that can deal with emergency assistance that animals need.

Brian Jones from SA CAN said that people need to be vigilant at night and know correct numbers to call when animals are hurt. “One of the main problems is that we get to animals when it’s too late so people need to know our numbers so we can help,” he said.

Numbers to call:

Crow: 031 462 1127

The Monkey Helpline: 082 659 4711

SA CAN : 086 162 3646.

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