Photo Credit: Ashleigh Pienaar for Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital

Little Pebble was just 10 grams when he arrived at the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital; now he is 70 grams, has a friend and is ready for soft release.


Johannesburg, South Africa (14 March 2023) – The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital took in a tiny Mohol or Lesser Bushbaby (Galago moholi) which had been caught by a cat in early January. He was sent to the wildlife vet from Zwartkop Animal Clinic.

It was the smallest bushbaby patient they had ever had, weighing only 10 grams. They named him Pebble and started the process of fattening him up so he could cope on his own back in the wild.

Photo Credit: Sarah Kempen for JWVH

Since Pebble was admitted to the wildlife hospital, he has been munching away on delicious supplemental milk formula and mealworms. He gained 38 grams in 25 days and as his teeth were not yet strong enough, he could only suckle the centre of the worms for food but he loved them!

The team kept his diet filled with delicious grubby treats and he has steadily gained weight and grown fast. He needed around-the-clock watching and feeding but finally, he reached 70 grams and now has a companion bushbay that has since been admitted to the hospital. The pair will start a slow release process, working their way back to the wild.

“He is ready to begin his slow release process. Little Pebble has since been introduced to a friend of a similar age, and they are going through the slow release process together.

Massive thank you to team members, Lauren Beckley and Ashleigh Pienaar, for the long hours put into this little one to getting him to where he is today.”

Take a look at the adorable video below.

The wildlife vet treats these (and all indigenous) animals free of charge in the hopes of saving and conserving as many of them as possible. If you would like to support the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital’s treatment and care of wildlife, you can find out how here or by direct deposit below.

Johannesburg Wildlife NPC
FNB Cheque account

Account nr: 62658400264
Branch code: 255355
Swift code: FIRNZAJJ

Sources: JWVH 1 / 2 / 3
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