Tar traps goats, so SPCA gets stuck in

2011-11-04 00:00

FIVE baby goats were extremely traumatised after they were trapped in a puddle of wet, sticky tar at Mkondeni on Wednesday.

Police called in the Pietermaritzburg SPCA to help free the stuck animals at about 7 pm.

The SPCA used 20 litres of cooking oil, donated by Willowton Oil, to dissolve the tar from the goats’ fluffy fur.

Thombi Mlambo, the owner of the goats, lives on a farm near the Mkondeni industrial area.

She told The Witness that she normally set her goats free to graze at the roadside.

Yesterday a passerby came to her house to inform her that her young goats were stuck.

“When we got there we couldn’t pull them out. There was little we could do because they were screeching, hungry and had lost their strength.”

She said they called the police and the animals were eventually pulled out.

Mlambo blamed the owner of a nearby road construction firm for the incident.

“I don’t understand why this company doesn’t dig a hole or pour this tar into a container,” she complained.

The manager of the company, who only gave his name as Dan, denied the allegation. He said there was no tar inside or outside his premises.

“This is a private and fenced property and goats shouldn’t come in here. I don’t know anything. There’s no concrete or tar,” he said.

SPCA spokesperson Maureen Vida said the goats were doing fine and that all was well.

“The oil worked wonders and almost all the tar is off. They are much calmer now.”

Vida said the SPCA will keep the goats for a few more days before returning them to the owner to make sure everything is “okay”.

“People need to be more careful with hazardous waste. You can’t just leave it lying around.”

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

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