PE police rescue baby grysbok from snare

2017-03-08 15:25
The two young rescued grysbok with Marizanne Ferreira, who will take care of them. (Cara-Lee Dorfling/Netwerk24)

The two young rescued grysbok with Marizanne Ferreira, who will take care of them. (Cara-Lee Dorfling/Netwerk24)

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Port Elizabeth - A baby grysbok was rescued by Port Elizabeth police in the nick of time after being trapped in a snare with the suspected poacher nearby, sharpening his knife to slit her throat.

"She was so weak, her head was already lolling upside down," said Marizanne Ferreira, who helps rehabilitate animals in the Windy City.

Two police officers were on patrol in Walmer Township on Friday when they saw the baby grysbok in the trap, Netwerk24 reported.

"Almost right next to her a man was sharpening his knife. Had the police been there a few seconds later, her throat would have been slit," Ferreira said.

The police officers arrested the man, freed the little antelope and handed her over to the Animal Welfare Society (AWS), which asked Ferreira, who often works with the organisation, to help.

As luck would have it, Ferreira, who lives on a smallholding in Sardinia Bay, had taken in another rescued baby grysbok two weeks ago after a volunteer received information about a man that had tried to sell it.

The ram, called Hulbert-Valentino because he was rescued on Valentine's Day, immediately befriended the young ewe.

Trapping animals for survival

"I've decided to call the little ewe Halina-Valentina, because they are almost like brother and sister," Ferreira said.

The ram is estimated to be between five and six weeks old, and the ewe between seven and eight weeks.

"The ram now gulps down special formula milk. The ewe doesn't really trust me yet. But I'm sure that will change soon."

Ferreira said she would be looking after the two antelope for at least six months before they can be released again.

"It is always difficult to let them go after such a long time," said Ferreira, who has helped buck in similar situations in the past.

"What saddens me is that those we do help, are just the lucky ones. How many other animals are there that are caught in snares?"

According to Beverley Rademeyer of the Animal Anti-Cruelty League, instances of people trapping animals as a means of survival are on the increase.

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