Make animal care a priority

2017-05-24 06:00
Photo: suppliedA mongoose at Crow.

Photo: suppliedA mongoose at Crow.

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WITH the passing of national ‘Be kind to Animals Week’, Crow reminds the public to remember the importance of empathy towards animals. Being kind to animals include expressing compassion towards your own pets and wildlife.

All animals require love, care and sympathy, but it is easier to give it to a pet than wildlife animals.

This love can be expressed to pets by a simple cuddle, but with wildlife animals, we must minimise human exposure to avoid animals getting imprinted on people.

Therefore, Crow focuses on providing guidelines on ways to be kind to our wildlife:

• Slow down

Speeding in suburbs has become a very big obstacle for our wildlife. High animal dash zones are known as any area with a high concentration of bush, which results in a high number of wildlife animals.

Baby animals are not street wise so they often are run over by speeding motorists.

• Do not litter

Instead of throwing litter on the ground, pick up one piece of litter on your way out, no matter where you are. Picking up one piece of litter a day can save the animals that are being affected.

• Live in harmony with the wildlife around us

Due to urbanisation, we are taking over more land so we need to learn how to co-exist with the animals around us.

Crow has experienced an increase in the incidents of cruelty towards Vervet monkeys than usual. Whether it is a case of monkeys being shot, poisoned or run over, all types of animal cruelty acts are unacceptable.

Monkeys are highly intelligent animals, but they are creatures of habit.

They often establish certain gardens as an preferable target for food and have made it a regular stop off on their route. Therefore, it is necessary to make your garden an undesirable location for them in order to deter them from your property.

Once you have established a routine that works in deterring the troop, it is advisable to be consistent with your methods until they eventually deem your property as undesirable. Please see some ways listed below that can help you achieve

How to achieve this:

Hang reflective items like old CDs from tree branches or at points where they access your garden; they do not like the reflection and it can be a deterrent.

Rubber snakes - these only work if you use a variety of different looking rubber snakes and move them to different locations in the garden each day. If they see the same snake in the same spot they will investigate and realise it is not a real threat.

Spraying them with water, monkeys do not like water. Use the same pressure you would use on a small child – a fire hose may be too powerful and could injure an animal – water guns work well.

Keep your windows on the smallest gap to ensure they cannot climb through the windows.

• Do not feed wildlife animals

Animals can go up to 48 hours without food or water, so resist the urge to feed them.

Never put food or water in the mouth of an injured animal.

Do not feed birds any bread, breakfast cereal or milk as they are unable to digest it.

• Report suspected wildlife in distress

Be proactive and report any suspected animals that are in distress. If you see an animal that is injured or that might be suffering, phone Crow a on 031 462 1127 or contact your local SPCA.

• Avoid human interaction with wildlife

Human interaction with wildlife animals are discouraged. The reason for this is that we must minimise human exposure to avoid animals getting imprinted on people.

To ensure wild animals have the best chance of survival when released, they must retain their natural fear of people.

For queries or more information, contact 031 462 1127 or info@ crowkzn.co.za - Supplied.

 

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