A dassie in your engine?: simply spray with cold water and watch it go

2010-09-22 00:00

HOW do you coax a comfortable dassie out of its hidey-hole in a warm car engine? Spray it with cold water.

A letter from Jackie Swanepoel from Power Motors in Victoria Road, thanking SPCA inspectors who rescued a dassie that was trapped underneath a customer’s Opel Corsa, aroused interest yesterday.

When asked to recount the events of that cool, rainy Thursday afternoon two weeks ago, Swanepoel said they heard “something crying out”. They thought it was a cat that had been chased by dogs, but when they found the small animal, they realised it was a dassie. Swane­poel then called the SPCA.

SPCA inspectors Alex Wylie and Rob Deere arrived and were shown the dassie stuck between the engine and the exhaust pipe.

The animal refused to move, so they decided to move the car to an open field close by.

Then they wet the animal, chasing it out from under the bonnet. After examining it, they let it run away into the shrubs nearby. “We checked the animal’s condition to see if it was hurt, and then let it go. As it ran, we also observed its posture, which can be proof of damage. We confirmed that it was in good condition,” said Wylie.

It took the men about an hour to free the animal.



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