Photo Credit: Umoya Khulula Wildlife Centre

The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital has had a few orphaned porcupettes and has thankfully found a new home for them to finish growing up.


Johannesburg, South Africa (22 January 2021) – While the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital specialises in caring for indigenous wildlife, once the animals have been rehabilitated and healed, they need to go on to a facility where they get ready for release.

The wildlife vet works closely with several wildlife centres and sanctuaries to ensure their rescues find great places to wait out their eventual releases.

Recently an influx of porcupette (the unusual name for a porcupine pup) rescues arrived at the wildlife vet and they got them back to health and then sent them to the Umoya Khulula Wildlife Centre. The Umoya Khulula Wildlife Centre is a non-profit based in Limpopo. They specialise in the rehabilitation of South African wildlife.

We shared the story of a spunky little porcupette in December that was later sent to Umoya Khulula. The little rescue was named Thumper. Since then the wildlife vet had received a new, even younger porcupette that was found with her umbilical cord still attached!

She had a few chest issues but was treated back to health and fattened up with delicious formula before being sent to join Thumper at the Umoya Khulula Wildlife Centre. She was named Mo and has adjusted well even if Thumper doesn’t love to share with her just yet.

Take a look at the two of them below.

Sources: JWVH / UKWC
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