Storm-injured animals on the mend at rehab centre

2014-10-22 00:00

ANIMALS rescued after a heavy storm in the Midlands last week are recovering at FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

The storm, which left a path of destruction in Howick, killed 13 herons on a Winterton farm.

FreeMe manager Roz Marais said they received numerous injured birds and a duiker that was rescued at New Hanover.

“We have had a lot of injured birds brought in after the hail in Howick and Hilton, mainly fledgling doves whose nests were destroyed during the storm, which was particularly destructive,” Marias said.

“We also found another five dead herons on the farm behind FreeMe, which was very sad,” she added.

She said the weather is quite unseasonal for this time of year and the continued cold and wet weather is causing a problem for nesting birds and baby mammals.

“The hail has destroyed a lot of the blossom and fresh leaf growth which would have been a source of food for mousebirds, sunbirds, and other fruit eaters as well as for the browsing antelope species.”

Farmer Rencken Broughton said his workers found a duiker in the plantation and he took it to FreeMe for further care.

Marais said the orphaned duiker, which suffered leg injuries, joined three other young duikers and is recuperating at the centre.

“She [the duiker] is very small and will have to be bottle fed for about 12 weeks. She has a slight soft tissue injury to her front leg, but that should heal easily.”


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