Hectic day for SPCA in PMB’s sweltering heat

2008-12-22 00:00

A dassie stuck in a chimney was just one of the many crises that kept the SPCA busy in yesterday’s 40 °C heat.

They also captured a pack of dogs harassing people at Swayimane, caught and put down a cow that escaped before slaughtering, injuring two poeple, and were then called to look after 500 goats stuck on a broken down truck.

And then one of the goats gave birth to a kid, which the team will now raise.

Howick resident Tina Pender called the SPCA after a dassie took refuge in the vent of her freestanding fireplace yesterday morning.

“It was about 7 am and the dogs next door were barking madly. I checked out the window and saw a grey animal run through the fence frantically,” said Pender. “It ran straight into the bedroom and behind the fireplace.”

Pender assumed it was a monkey, but after hearing its high-pitched shriek, she was unsure, and called the SPCA.

“I didn’t want to destroy it,” she said. “So I knew they’d be able to help.”

When the SPCA arrived, it took them no more than six minutes to remove the frightened animal. “They were absolutely fantastic,” said Pender. “They took it out to a stream nearby and set it free.”

Pender said as it left the capture box, the dassie turned around and looked at them “as if to say ‘thank you very much chaps … I’m off to join the family”.

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