Paramedics try to save calf hit by taxi

2012-01-03 20:06

Johannesburg - Medics tried to save the life of a calf hit by a minibus taxi on a road inland of Durban on Tuesday, but the animal died shortly after arriving at a veterinary clinic.

Paramedics arrived at the scene of the accident, outside Hillcrest, found the taxi passengers uninjured and turned their attention to the calf.

"It appeared to be in a lot of pain," ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said.

"The paramedics carefully picked the calf up and placed it on to a stretcher, then rushed it off to the Waterfall veterinary clinic.

"Unfortunately, the calf had suffered very critical injuries and passed away at the clinic."

  • ailsa.j.loudon - 2012-01-03 20:23

    Hats off to the paramedics who helped the calf! A shame that it died!

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-03 21:45

    Is this what they call taxidermy?

      Donny Doncaster - 2012-01-03 22:02

      Dis funny. Hartseer, maar funny.

      Heinrich - 2012-01-03 22:10

      Ja, ek is ook jammer vir die kalfie maar hierdie taxi's het geen ontsag vir enige lewe nie. Die taxi was seker die ene derms - vandaar my vraag. Jy kan dit maar swart humor noem. Hierdie forum hou van rassisme.

      Phil - 2012-01-03 22:11

      @ Donny, I agree with you but I feel that there are so many people dying at our roads this time of year thats it's a shame to waste paramedics time on this. And ja, I love animals.

      Stefanus - 2012-01-04 06:34

      @Phil read the article again you moron.

      rbczovczov - 2012-01-04 11:52

      Are you sure these were not just some PETA members disguised as Paramedics?

  • Alva - 2012-01-03 22:15

    A road inland of Durban? What does that mean? Was the taxi bundu bashing or was the calf on the road? Tragic for the calf but if the calf was on a road, owners should be held accountable. Taxi passengers could have been seriously hurt.

      Heinrich - 2012-01-03 22:38

      I share your concern, velastardust. Nowadays no-one wants to take responsibility. This is a very serious matter and as you say, more animals or people could have been seriously injured or even killed. There is a legal principle called dolus eventualis (I call it "gooi die dol-os" )which means that, if you can foresee that your action/inaction can possibly cause death,and you persist with your action/inaction, then you are guilty of attempted murder. So, surely the builders of the roads and the makers of the taxi's should have foreseen that their actions could lead to injury and death. Therefore they are responsible for all the carnage on our roads and should be charged with murder and attempted murder.(Homicide) In the case of this poor calf,they should be charged with attempted silvercide.

  • gerhard.germishuys - 2012-01-04 00:33

    Cheaper than a vet......... veil and Morphine is that grilled

  • Michael - 2012-01-04 01:15

  • Miriam - 2012-01-04 08:09

    lovely to read that there is still compassion for our sorry the calf died.....

  • Wayne - 2012-01-04 08:46

    Pity the calf died, but at least the latest meat shopping trend was stopped. People actively chase cows onto the roads with no concern for injuries, and the objective is to butcher the meat in less time that it takes for the ambulance to arrive, a cow is usually reduced to a carcass in under 10 minutes. Usually with badly injured people still in the vehicle.

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