Wildlife lovers strip off, get stuck in to save Nyala stuck in the mud

2014-07-23 00:00

A NYALA ram was saved from a certain lingering death by two local wildlife enthusiasts who freed it from a mudhole in which it was stuck.

Businessmen Rob Lambert and Mark Lederle came across the Nyala while taking a “wildlife walk” in the bush on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg last Wednesday morning.

“Both of us are wildlife enthusiasts and we like to go for walks in the bush when we get the chance,” Lambert told The Witness.

“We came across this Nyala ram well and truly stuck in the mud. It is actually a waterhole which has turned into glutinous mud. It could not move at all. If we had not come along it would have died for sure.

“We first tried to pull it out by its horns but it started making a racket and tried to butt us. We then got behind it and we slowly managed to push it out of the mud. Once it got its legs on the bank, it was able to get out and run away,” said a delighted Lambert.

“Its quite a big animal and very strong. Much stronger than both of us and we are not small men,” added Lambert.

He said the Nyala had appeared to be dehydrated and exhausted and they estimated that it must have been stuck for a good 12 hours before it was rescued.

“We plan to go back to see if we can fill the hole in with sand or something to stop other animals from falling in and meeting the same fate,” said Lambert.

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