PP free to answer nature’s call again

2015-05-26 06:00
The recent wildfires burnt the feet of animals such as porcupines.

The recent wildfires burnt the feet of animals such as porcupines.

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While green shoots are slowly returning to the areas on Table Mountain affected by the recent wildfires, a local resident has returned too.

An adult male porcupine has been released back into Silvermine nature reserve after being rehabilitated by the SPCA.

The severely burned porcupine was found by an SPCA inspector near the Sanparks Silvermine office off Ou Kaapse Weg two weeks after the fire.

The porcupine, unofficially nicknamed “PP” due to his habit of urinating on anyone and everyone, was taken to Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s Short Term Wildlife Care Facility in Grassy Park, where his burns were treated daily for two months.

“He was treated by our on-site veterinarians and wildlife inspectors. He was rescued a short distance from the road along Ou Kaapse Weg in the Silvermine area, and so was released back into the same section of the Table Mountain National Park,” says SPCA spokesperson Wanika Davids.

PP is one of many animals rehabilitated after being injured in the fire, says Davids. “We rescued and cared for a number of tortoises, snakes and porcupines and successfully released two angulate tortoises, four parrot-beak tortoises, a few Cape cobras, one puff adder, one boomslang and one porcupine.”

Another porcupine is still undergoing treatment for his burnt feet, Davids says.

“He is recovering exceptionally well and we expect to take him home to the wild very soon,” she says.

Most of the animals suffered burns to their feet or were displaced.

“There was a grysbok that also came into our centre after the fire, but succumbed to his injuries which were sadly too severe. Three other porcupines also suffered more severe wounds and did not survive,” Davids says.

However, healing the animals is only the first step in recovery, Davids explains.

“Wild animals belong in the wild – all these animals are part of our wild, natural fauna that call the national park home. They belong there.

“Our aim when helping displaced or injured wildlife is to assist them medically and return them to their natural habitats as quickly as possible,” she explains.

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Report any displaced wildlife or animals in distress to 021 700 4158/9 or 083 326 1604 after hours. For more information on the organisation or to get involved, call 021 700 4140

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