Two black-backed jackal pups were found stuck in a storm drain on a construction site so the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital helped them out.
Black-backed Jackals are widely considered as vermin in South Africa, yet they play a vital role in Ecology – they are the clever canids that keep rodents such as rats and mice at bay. Often targeted by farmers, these clever animals face danger on a daily basis.
Recently two jackal pups were found stuck in a stormwater drain on the Century construction site. The Johannesburg Wildlife Vet was called out to assist in freeing the trapped jackal pups.
“After our team creatively created a noose, we headed out to assist these pups. As the mom had been spotted nearby, these pups were safely retrieved and released into a nearby area with thick shrubbery, where they were happily reunited with her.”
Once they were released, they ran off into the bushes, back to the safety of their mother. It is always better to release an animal back to its parent rather than taking it in to a rescue centre. The only time this changes is if the animal is injured.
It is currently the season for Black-backed Jackals so many more are being spotted, especially in urban areas as their environments shrink. Should you spot one in need of assistance, contact the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital.
The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital treats indigenous animals free of charge, relying solely on the donations and support of the community. Should you wish to find out more, you can do so on their Facebook page here.
“A really beautiful end to what could have been so tragic. I cannot tell you how pleased I am that they were reunited with their Mother…” said Mary McKenzie, one of the pages loyal followers.