Aardwolf
Photo Credit: Lauren Beckley & Sarah Kempen

The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital got a call about an Aardwolf Pup that was found by a border collie; they attempted to find the den but didn’t have any luck.

 

North West, South Africa (30 October 2020) – The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital (JWVH) shared the story of their latest wildlife rescue, an orphaned Aardwolf pup.

The Aardwolf (Earth wolf) is a rare sighting for many. Anyone who has seen one in the wild can consider themselves incredibly lucky. Its diet consists of termites which is digs for in the ground and into termite mounds. Because of its very specific diet, the Aardwolf lives only where the termites are. Their special hearing allows them to hear the termites moving in the ground. In an evening, an Aardwolf can eat up to 300,000 termites.

Aardwolves are nocturnal creatures and live mostly alone, they only pair up to mate and raise their young before going their separate ways. They are considered harmless carnivores.

We cannot explain how excited we got seeing the post by the JWVH. It is incredibly sad that the pup was unable to be reunited with its parents but having the chance to see an Aardwolf pup, even just by photos, is a very rare treat. Thankfully the vet is highly specialised in treating indigenous wildlife and have a network of experts to support them through the start of this pups life and onwards to its release one day.

 “A few days ago, a border collie alerted farmers to a little Aardwolf (Proteles cristata) pup. After two days of trying, unfortunately, the den couldn’t be found and reuniting the pup with her mom was unsuccessful. Our team collected her from the North West province, and she is now in our care.

Our vets examined her and found that she had mange. Thankfully it is only Demodex and can easily be treated. Being only a few weeks old, she is currently on special milk formula. She is full of personality already and has taken well to her diet and makeshift burrow.”

The beautiful pup will need to move onto solids so if you would like to sponsor her meals. You can find several ways to get involved here.

Or you can make a donation via direct deposit. The vet treats indigenous animals free of charge, relying solely on the donations and support of their community.

​​Johannesburg Wildlife NPC
FNB Cheque account
Account: 62658400264
Branch Code: 255355
​Swift code: FIRNZAJJ

Or via SnapScan: https://pos.snapscan.io/qr/PXMP5766

Aardwolf
Photo Credit: Lauren Beckley & Sarah Kempen
Photo Credit: Lauren Beckley & Sarah Kempen

Sources: JWVH / Siyabona Africa
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