After taking a dangerous dip in a dog’s bowl, this mole gets its happy ending

Cape Golden Mole

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA shared a happy little story about how a Cape Golden Mole was saved by one of their off-duty inspectors.


The Cape Golden Mole can only be found in SubSaharan Africa, it doesn’t occur anywhere else in the world. It can also be found on Robben Island although nobody is sure how it got there. Some assume it was carried over in builder’s sand.

The tiny mole is born with a layer of skin over its eyes making it blind but able to differentiate between light and dark. This small mole isn’t related to rodent moles in any way. It is its own unique little breed.

One of these special little moles was found going for a near-fatal swim in an SPCA inspectors dog’s bowl. She quickly rescued the mole, revived and released it back into the wild all while off-duty.

“I initially thought the mole was dead because it was very cold, wet and not moving at all. I started rubbing it to see if there was any movement, and I saw a slight movement. I carefully heated it with my hairdryer and as it warmed up he started moving around. I brought him to my work at the SPCA to see if it was suitable for release a bit later when it was warmer and he thankfully he was very mobile.” – Inspector Lizl

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA confirmed that the little mole was safely released back into the wild.

“The little golden mole was safely released at Princess Vlei to carry on as nature intended. Well done Inspector Lizl – a perfect example of how all animals matter and welfare is definitely a 24/7 job”

People dedicated to caring for animals are some of our favourite kinds of people. Thanks for sharing Cape of Good Hope SPCA.

Sources: Facebook / Kruger Park
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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy. Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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