Rare jackal pups rescued

2015-09-25 22:01
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Durban - Rarely seen jackal pups, seemingly abandoned by their mother, have been undergoing special treatment and care at a rehabilitation centre in Durban.

On Friday, Paul Hoyte, marketing and communications officer for the Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (Crow), said the four nine-day-old pups were in good health after they had been rescued from their den in Empangeni earlier in the week.

First to attend to the animals was vet Dr Geoff Fourie from Empangeni Veterinary Hospital who said the pups seemed to have been abandoned by their mother after an encounter with workers cutting sugar cane on a farm.

"When the pups were brought in, we were told the mother charged a worker and fled. Only later on did the workers discover the pups. They were brought in and... were in good shape.

"They had not been fed for 24 hours and we were worried they would be hyperglycaemic so we chew fed them," he said.

Fourie said they were discovered in an anthill burrow.

"This is not uncommon. Many animals in Africa use anthills to make their homes. In this case the mother jackal would have burrowed beneath the hill."

Hoyte said the pups would be nursed until they could fend for themselves.

"They will be hand reared by just one staff member as they tend to get imprinted easily. For the most part we will let them gel with each other since there are so many of them. Their development takes around three months to a year.

"Their health is great right now. The vet that treated them did a great job. They are suckling and resting well at our centre," Hoyte said.

According to Hoyte, jackal encounters are rare since they are nocturnal creatures.

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