Percy the little Porcupine saved from an illegal snare!

The young porcupine had been caught in a violent snare, intentionally set by an unknown individual intent on attempting to prevent the animal from entering the area.

 

Western Cape, South Africa – When the Cape of Good Hope Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CoGH SPCA) Wildlife Inspectors Minette Pieterse and Edward Julius responded to the call of a porcupine in need of help on the 29th October, they were saddened to see the cause of its distress.

The young porcupine had been caught in a violent snare, intentionally set by an unknown individual intent on attempting to prevent the animal from entering the area.

Cape porcupines are found across the whole of southern and central Africa, to southern Kenya, Uganda, and Congo at the northern edge of their range. The porcupines eat mostly plant material: fruits, roots, tubers, bulbs, and bark. They have also been reported to gnaw on carrion and bones. They are often considered pests by local farmers because they can feed on crops and damage trees. However, their debarking of trees may also play a role in the maintenance of local savannah ecosystems, helping to prevent the development of denser forested environments

The SPCA inspectors were able to carefully cut the injured porcupine loose from the illegal snare and free it from further suffering and stress. Percy the Porcupine was transported back to the CoGH SPCA Animal Hospital where Dr Este Spies examined the extent of the snare’s cruel effects.

Dr Spies was able to successfully clean and stitch the painful wound on Percy’s neck in our operating theatre.

“After his treatment, we made sure that Percy was able to rest and recover in safety at our Short Term Wildlife Care department. Within a few days of monitoring his health, we were overjoyed to see Percy released back into his area of origin.”

It is important to note that snares are not legal and can cause untold harm to countless animals, both wildlife and domestic. The SPCA encourages people to consider creating “porcupine friendly” gardens in areas where these animals are known to frequent.

Look at planting foliage that does not attract them into gardens; utilise fencing that can help keep them outside properties.

“We must acknowledge that we are infringing on their natural territory and need to be mindful of their presence.”

Please report any wild animals in distress to the CoGH SPCA Wildlife Department on 021 700 4158/9 or after-hours on 083 326 1604.

Percy the little Porcupine saved from an illegal snare!


Sources: SPCA 
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