PUT THE PRONUTRO DOWN AND BACK AWAY SLOWLY! A guide to first care for young or injured wildlife.
With the holidays fast approaching, many of us will be in places where we might come across injured or vulnerable wildlife and be unsure as to how to proceed. Even in the hustle and bustle of Jo’burg city life, we may encounter any one of the scores of different wildlife species that are our neighbours (usually unbeknownst to us).
Twisted Whiskers is a proud supporter of the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital, situated in Glenferness, Midrand. Veterinarian, Dr. Karin Lourens and independent wildlife rehabilitation specialist, Nicci Wright, are the founders of the Hospital, a registered NPC which treats and rehabilitates small and medium indigenous wildlife species and releases them back into the wild.
While our colleagues at local 24-hour emergency veterinary facilities may be able to stabilise wild animals in the event of an accident or injury, they are not equipped or experienced in the long-term care, rehab and release of these little patients (from birds and reptiles to otters, pangolin, antelope, jackal, monkeys, porcupine and everything in between). This is where Dr. Karin, Nicci and their amazing team of staff and volunteers provide a much-needed service for the wild members of our community. It is a labour-intensive and extremely costly exercise to rehabilitate an injured wild animal and special expertise is required for each different species. Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital does all of this free of charge and relies heavily on support from the public in order to be able to continue the incredible work they do.
Visit their website at http://www.johannesburgwildlifevet.com/ to find out more about this fascinating clinic and what you and your family can do to help support wild animals who don’t have anyone to care for them or pay for veterinary treatment when they need it.
The wild animals most commonly encountered by the public needing first care and to be taken to safety are birds and bats. It’s almost become a tradition, regardless of the species of animal or its age, to immediately offer Pronutro. While this product may be a great breakfast cereal option for our kids, it has never been a suitable diet for any animal. It also bears mentioning here that NO wildlife species may be kept without a permit and it is imperative that these animals be entrusted to authorised professionals who know how to manage their treatment and subsequent safe return to the wild.
The following flow-diagrams give helpful instructions on exactly what to do with injured or compromised birds and bats. Why not laminate and display them on the kitchen cork-board or fridge? Or save the JWVH webpage as a favourite on your mobile for easy access in a wildlife emergency.
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