Bird, shot by toy arrow, dies

2015-06-02 06:00
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Inspector Petros Simamane with the injured hadeda.

Photo: supplied Inspector Petros Simamane with the injured hadeda.

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THE Kloof and Highway SPCA expressed outrage subsequent to the discovery of a hadeda that had been shot with a toy arrow in Kloof.

“We received a call from a concerned member of the public who had seen an injured hadeda in their garden. Inspector Simamane and trainee inspector Nkomo responded to the call and went to investigate at the residence in Kloof,” said SPCA outreach officer Lisa Gadd.

“Upon arrival they saw two hadedas in the back garden and one of them was seriously injured. One hadeda flew away as they approached, but the injured hadeda battled to move away and was only able to fly as high as waist height.”

Gadd said the inspectors caught the injured hadeda and rushed it back to the Kloof and Highway SPCA clinic.

An arrow was protruding from the bird’s torso and had penetrated right through. The arrow measured 75cm in length. Unfortunately, the bird could not be saved as it had suffered such a severe injury.

The Kloof and Highway SPCA urge parents to teach their children to be responsible when using their toys and not to use animals as targets. The Kloof and Highway SPCA has a zero tolerance policy of animal cruelty and asks the public to report any cruelty they witness. “We would like thank the kind member of the public for phoning us so that we could help this poor injured bird from further suffering.”

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