New lease on life for Andy, Clyde

2012-10-15 00:00

ANDY and Clyde did not have a good start in life.

The former’s mother was killed by a car, the other’s mom was shot, when the babes were just a few weeks old.

But last week, the future was looking rosier for Andy the mountain reedbuck and Clyde the common reedbuck, when they got a new start in life at a wildlife haven near Ulundi.

At Intibane Lodge, they will have wide-open spaces to roam — with trees and water, and succulent shoots and roots to nibble on, and hopefully, no predators, especially of the really cruel, really dangerous human kind.

Intibane Lodge — which borders on the Emakhosini Ophathe Game Reserve — is already home to a variety of game including giraffe, zebra, several species of buck, and their “famous warthogs” after which the lodge was named, in Zulu.

The two buck orphans were taken in by the Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (Crow) in Durban and, after being nursed and raised, re-released into the wild by staff members Courtney Steyn and Kelly Wilyman, last Friday.

They were welcomed by lodge co-owner Fritz Herbst, who has taken in several of the centre’s rescued and rehabilitated animals, including a bush pig and cervils.

Andy, now about six months old, came from Richmond where his mother had been killed by a car when he was just one week old.

Clyde, now about eight months old, was found in Nottingham Road close to Howick. His mother was poached by a farm worker and he was found after a couple of days — only two weeks old, traumatised and dehydrated — in the veld.

Crow, the only facility for rehabilitating wildlife in the whole of Kwa-Zulu Natal, is one 100% donor funded, getting no help from government or any conservation body.

Most of the animals that are admitted are there because of human-inflicted injures to them or their mothers, or urban development.

Vervet monkeys and Egyptian geese often have to be rescued from human inhabitants who do not want them at their homes.

Intibane Lodge also took in an extended family of Egyptian geese — an adult pair and 18 ducklings. The centre had “cheated a bit” and given the adult pair a few goslings from other nests, as they had so many to care for.

Wilyman appealed to the public not to keep wild animals, but to rather bring in the orphaned and the injured to rehabilitators such as Crow.

“In most cases, people do not know how to look after wild animals or birds, and they can do really silly things such as feed milk to a bird.

Crow recently opened an education centre and invite all schools and other groups to book a session.

Those interested can e-mail for further information.

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