Porcupine highlights the problem of snaring

2010-11-19 13:37

A porcupine was recovering at a Cape Town nature reserve after being caught by the mouth in a snare, the city said today.

It said staff of the Helderberg Nature Reserve outside Somerset West responded on Monday to a call from a nearby golf estate to collect a porcupine from a homeowner’s garden.

They took the animal to the reserve, where they discovered that it had a wire snare on its head.

“The porcupine was caught by its mouth and around its head, thus preventing it from eating. The snare had also started to scalp the porcupine,” the city said.

With the assistance of a vet, the porcupine was tranquillised and the snare removed.

The wounds, which had started to become infected and rotten, were cleaned out and treated, and the porcupine was now on a course of antibiotics.

“The city wants to make the public aware of the cruelty of such illegal activities,” the statement said.

“Despite what many people believe, snaring is occurring in and around the residential areas of Somerset West and in other parts of Cape Town.

“The city urges citizens to report any signs of poaching and other activities that are harmful to wildlife to law enforcement, or to the closest nature reserve.”

It said this was the second porcupine in three months that reserve staff rescued from a snare.

“Unfortunately, the first porcupine was not as lucky as this one, and did not survive.”

Helderberg is one of more than 30 nature reserves run by the city.

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