Midmar animal rescue: Drowned wildebeest receives kiss of life from policeman

2008-03-16 00:00

A black wildebeest, terrified at the sight of the many Cordwalles Mudman competitors at Midmar Dam yesterday, plunged into the water and drowned.

The competition, at the Thurlow Game Reserve, apparently spooked some of the animals who live there.

Nature filmmaker Don Guy, who on this occasion was filming his child in the competition, said he heard a huge splash and turned to see a wildebeest frantically swimming across the dam.

"I quickly got up to get a canoe so that I could rescue it, but I was disrupted by three zebras that, out of fear, ran across the competitors. By the time I turned back, there was no wildebeest," he said.

However, some other people had seen the animal jump into the water and notified rescuers, who went to pull it out and tried in vain to save it.

Inspector Jack Haskins of the Search and Rescue Unit said that after getting the animal to shore, they did all they could to save it, but to no avail. "I tried to give it mouth-to-mouth, but unfortunately even that could not save it," he said.

Attempts to get comment from the KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife authorities were unsuccessful.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.