Zebra freed from snare at Pietermaritzburg nature reserve

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Dr Ryan van Deventer  removes a snare around the zebra’s neck.
Dr Ryan van Deventer removes a snare around the zebra’s neck.

A young zebra was freed from a snare a week after it was first spotted in the Bisley Nature Reserve in Pietermaritzburg.

Volunteers first started looking for the foal last weekend, but it moved into dense bush, making it impossible for vet Dr Ryan van Deventer to dart.

On Thursday afternoon it was spotted again, this time in a more open area.

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Peter West, spokesperson for the members of the Friends of Bisley Nature Reserve, said volunteers rushed to the reserve to help free zebra.

“Hero of the day, Alan Bennett, spotted the herd of four including the snared foal ... A quick call to Ryan had him on their trail ... Ryan lined up the shot, which was bang on ... The foal dropped and working at speed, Ryan removed the snare, dressed the small wound from the snare, delivered the antidote and it was up and away.”

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